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Empowering female leads on TV

By QMResLife 08 Mar 2022

International Women's Day is on 8th March every year and is a time to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across the globe.



To mark this day, we thought we would round up some of the best TV series with strong, powerful female leads. 

Euphoria

The HBO hit, now in its second series (and commissioned for a third) is a coming of age story following a group of high school students as they struggle through love and relationships. Its main cast includes six incredible actors all flawlessly portraying the various challenges women face as they grow up. 

Where to watch: NOW TV

The Queen's Gambit

Emmy award winner Anya Taylor-Joy plays orphaned, chess prodigy Beth Harmon as she faces adversity to become the world's greatest chess player. Whilst wearing fierce fashion, she commands the male-dominated arena of chess while overcoming personal challenges such as addiction and family drama. 

Where to watch: Netflix

Killing Eve

A big hitter for the BBC, Killing Eve gained global recognition for its excellent writing and outstanding acting by the super talented Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. The pair have a brilliant connection that gives you moments of comedy, awkwardness and intense drama. 

Where to watch: All three series are available on BBC iPlayer

Big Little Lies

Packed full of Hollywood stars, the HBO Series is an adaptation of Liane Moriarty's NY Times best-selling novel of the same name. It follows Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie (Zoe Kravtiz) and Renata (Laura Dern) whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Brilliantly acted with powerful storytelling, it's guaranteed to keep you wanting more.

Fierce female fact: The show was produced by Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon's production company she founded back in 2016 that was created to ensure women are the centre of every story they create. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

How to get away with murder

The impossibly talented Viola Davis owns every moment of this addictive series. You feel Annalise Keating's poise and power every time she enters a room and despite finding trouble around every corner, she deals with it like a boss. With six series available, there's plenty of sass to go around. 

Where to watch: All six series are on Netflix



Already seen them all? Give these a go...
I May Destroy You, GLOW, Queen of the South, The Handmaid's Tale, Jessica Jones, Seven Seconds and Grace and Frankie. 

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