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From Delhi Crime to Jessica Jones: Female characters who proved to be a source of inspiration

Here’s a list of series that featured absolute badass boss women.

Anukriti Chaturvedi
Jul 04, 2021
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Boss women who get the job done have a different charm to them! Whether it is Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada or Analise Keating from How To Get Away With Murder, these women defy odds. They step into fields which had been long barred to them and tear down misogynistic notions with an absolutely great job.

Here’s looking at some of our picks of boss women series we think you will like...

The Bold Type - Netflix

Remember the eccentric Jan Levinson from The Office, anybody? She got promoted as the editor in chief of Scarlet Magazine in The Bold Type. Jaqueline as the boss at Scarlet not only keeps the magazine running smoothly but is at the top of her game. She also manages to inspire her employees, which could be considered the complete contrast to her character Jan from The Office.

Jacqueline pushes her employees to pursue topics they are apprehensive of and stands up for her underlings, to the extent of going against the top brass from time to time. It is not just Jaqueline but also the main leads - Jane, Sutton and Kat - who not only deal with their personal issues but also try to bring in change through their writing. They tackle social issues in a beautiful way.

Parks and Recreation - Amazon Prime Videos

Leslie Knope, essayed by Amy Poheler, is the best boss a person could ask for. A fun, witty and a hard working leader, Leslie strives to make her community a better place. Parks and Recreation is a satirical show with political commentary where Leslie shined bright as the boss who got work done in the best way possible.

Delhi Crime - Netflix

In Delhi Crime, Shefali Shah stars as top cop DCP Vartika Chaturvedi who looks into the case of a gangrape which left a female dead. The show is based on the 2012 Delhi gangrape case.

Suits - Netflix and Amazon Prime Video

Suits is a show that has a strong female cast who keep a New York based fictional law firm named Pearson Hardman running. Jessica Pearson, the woman with her name on that wall, not only keeps her employees in check but is also ready to take the fall when the need arises. Without Harvey Specter’s secretary, Donna Paulson, Suits wouldn't be the show it is. She is filled with sass and has time-and-again proven that she is capable of doing just about everything. Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) is a paralegal with big dreams of her own as she does an absolutely fantastic job at the firm.

The Crown - Netflix

The Crown might just be everyone’s favourite royal drama. Claire Foy and Olivia Coleman have done the most remarkable job essaying Queen Elizabeth II. The series depicts her political career and how she dealt with her cabinet of misogynistic ministers, passing policies and overseeing her territory and subjects. Gil Anderson essayed the role of the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher to absolute perfection in the latest season.

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon Prime Video

A woman tries her hand at stand-up comedy in the 1950s. As expected, it is not a walk in the park but Midge Maisel makes it look otherwise. Not only does she break into the comedy scene but also makes a name for herself so people know her far and wide. Another character who deserves a special mention is of Susie Myerson, who turns her friend and manager. 

Marvel's Jessica Jones - Netflix

One of the favourite detective/vigilantes, Jessica Jones, is essayed by Krysten Ritter. Whether it's Jessica or her best friend Trish or even the powerful shady lawyer, Jeri Hogarth, you would not want to mess with these ladies!

The Handmaid's Tale - Amazon Prime Video

The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian show where women’s rights are severely curtailed. In the scenario, June Osborne fights not only for her own life but also other handmaids who have been forced into servitude. The handmaids have to act as surrogates against their wishes for rich influential families in Gilead. There are so many inspiring women in the series who fight not only for themselves but also for a better future for their kids.

Brooklyn Nine Nine - Netflix
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Whether it is Amy Santiago, Rosa Diaz or Gina Linetti, the series wouldn’t be what it is without these badass leading ladies. Amy is a nerd who loves binders but also the best detective in the squad along with Jake Peralta. Rosa has proven herself to be a badass every single time. She can scare anyone with just one look and is sensitive at the same time. The show beautifully develops her character into something you would want to see in Rosa. Gina Linetti, too, is a riot with her dance moves and several quirks.

The Good Place | Netflix

The Good Place follows the concept of Heaven and Hell in ‘The Good Place’ and ‘The Bad Place’. Eleanor Shelshtropp is an ardent follower of fake it till you make it. She lived a morally corrupt life and while in ‘The Good Place’, she decides to do the same. Eleanor needs to step up her game for the afterlife, which she does and how!

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