What Netflix taught us about being strong women

To celebrate International Women's Day, we're taking our cue from the first ladies of Netflix...
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Nice hat, Liz
Nice hat, Liz

It can’t have escaped your notice that Netflix is chock-full of female superheroes right now – be they gifted with otherworldly powers or not. “Our goal is to reflect the total human experience, and strong female characters certainly have a large role within that,” Cindy Holland, the company’s VP of Original Content told Grazia when we interviewed her last year. To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, what better time to celebrate what those female characters have taught us – be they breaking down barriers and biases, or battling bad guys and zombies?

In that vein, one of our favourites is Stranger Things’ Eleven – what she lacks in stature, she more than makes up for in psychokinetic powers. Surrounded by a gang of prepubescent boys, she’s the one that saves the day, proving you can damn well wear a pink dress and be tough as nails while doing so.

Speaking of strong sartorial choices, House of Cards’ impeccably dressed Claire Underwood may be flawed and manipulative, but reminds us to always stand up for what we believe in – something also shared by Donna, Jessica and Rachel in Suits.

Authenticity and integrity are lessons that can also be traced in The Crown, where we see the young queen’s inspiring struggle to balance family life with one of the most high-pressure jobs in the world, learning the importance of patience, experience, and even a mentor or two. Similarly, familial tropes are explored by Alicia in The Good Wife – tenacity, stoicism, loyalty – and by Gilmore Girls’ Lorelai, whose independence as a single mother sees her raise Rory as equally strong and inspirational. Each reflects the idea of empowerment in different ways, as diverse and complex as the characters – and real women – themselves. “It’s critical that women are depicted and celebrated for all of their dimensions,” Cindy says. We couldn’t agree more.

Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

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