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From The Handmaid's Tale to GLOW; top 6 series with strong female leads

Malavika Menon

Malavika Menon
Jul 16, 2021

Image from GLOW and The Handmaid's Tale

Here are a few series suggestions that have strong and empowering women as the lead. These are stories of triumphs, failures, rising from the ashes like a phoenix, protests, rebellion that depict how far women have come while also illuminating how far they have yet to go.

1
Orange Is the New Black
8.3OTTplay Rating
Orange Is the New Black This strong female lead series by Jenji Kohan is all about breaking down stereotypes and stripping away labels that are usually given to women, categorizing them. This series revolves around the survival of female prisoners in the Litchfield prison. The first season of the series dropped in the year 2013 on Netflix and the protagonist of this series, Piper Chapman, the role played by Taylor Schilling has done an impeccable job.
2
The Handmaid's Tale
8.7OTTplay Rating
The Handmaid's Tale Unfortunately, we still live in an era where most women are treated as scapegoats by society, merely existing to satisfy the toxic patriarchy. The Handmaid's Tale is an American dystopian TV series that shows how extreme misogyny can kick in the theocratic society as shown in the series. Elisabeth Moss as Offred is the central character in the series.
3
The Bold Type
The Bold Type The Bold Type, created by Sarah Watson, is about three girl best friends in their mid-twenties so determined to do what they are passionate about that end up having to sacrifice their personal lives and about how they get through the ordeals that life throws their way by supporting each other. The main roles are played by Katie Stevens, Meghann Fahy and Aisha Dee.
4
How to Get Away with Murder
8.2OTTplay Rating
How To Get Away With Murder The powerful role played by Viola Davis in the series is something that she hasn’t done before. The quiver in her voice, the command she has over her disciples and the overall get up is something that empowered the whole women community.
5
Jane the Virgin
7.9OTTplay Rating
Jane the Virgin Gina Rodriguez has played the role of a mother, wife, daughter and granddaughter in this series and has done a marvellous job of it. She is an emotional wreck who goes clueless at times, but also a stern, opinionated woman yet someone who throws kindness like confetti.
6
GLOW
7.8OTTplay Rating
GLOW There are so many female characters in this series that are glorious. This show is based on a real-life women's wrestling and variety show that aired during the late '80s and early '90s. The main roles are played by Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Kate Nash.
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