We can learn a lot from the female protagonists we see in books and on screen. Be it Hermione Granger from Harry Potter or Peggy Mitchell from Eastenders. Both different but we can learn things from both of them. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of the female protagonists I feel we all need to learn from.
The Good Witch centres around Cassie Nightingale. From the first episode I watched, I knew Cassie was someone I wanted to be. She always has time for others, is empathetic, a single mother, a businesswoman and everyone in the town of Middleton trust her with their lives. She has lived life by that I mean, she travelled a lot, had an interest in anthropology and faced grief. There is so much more to this woman than originally meets the eye. She is captivating, magnetic and has the same charisma as leaders such as Michelle Obama have. Every time I watch an episode, I end up thinking damn, I wish I was her.
I mean Jo March is the epitome of what it means to live life on your own terms and defy expectations. Louisa May Alcott, the writer of Little Women, created a character who had one of the kindest strongest souls in English literature. Jo knew the perils living within societies expectations of what it meant to be a woman in the 1940’s . It was not something she wanted to adhere so she defied all odds and lived life her own way. She became a writer, lived on her own unmarried for a while, got a job out of free will and didn’t fall in the trap of marriage because it was the thing to do but rather because she found someone she believed to her equal.
Queen of creating multi faceted female protagonists Shonda Rhimes brought us, Christina Yang. If you haven’t watched Greys Anatomy allow me to introduce you. Christina Yang is a Cardiac Surgeon and when we first meet her, she is gutsy, deemed rather heartless, quite robotic, very career orientated and doesn’t let anyone stand in her way. During the show, you see her try and love, explain how she just doesn’t want children and why this is her choice. She goes after her career unapologetically in the same way any male protagonist would. She faced trauma growing up and you see her work through this her emotional intelligence grows. Many people watching the show want to be Meredith but there was something special Christina. She truly captured my heart.
The single teenage mum who defies expectations and creates life on her own terms. After living in a privileged yet demanding and aristocratic world, after having her baby at 16 years old, Loreli makes a life for herself and her daughter Rory in the small town of Stars Hallows. She has minimal contact with her parents and works her way to being the manager of an Inn. In the show Gilmore Girls we see how she works to navigate motherhood. We also see the struggles she faces, such as going back to school so she can run her own business, having trouble letting people into her own personal space. You also see that despite all this, she is always there for the people of her town, very honest but in the sweetest way, she is steadfast, headstrong and a bundle of love and positive energy which radiates through the screen. You see how she didn’t have her own role models growing up but how she used films to create her own role models. In creating Lorelai Gilmore, Amy Sherman Palladino demonstrated what it means to live life authentically and that women can create the life you want.
I could honestly go on and on but I want to know, which female protagonist inspired you?