by Zofia Wijaszka

December 13th, 2017

2017 was definitely a women’s year. The viewers received amazing, leading female roles. The “Hollywood revolution’ happened, which was one of the most important events for the last few months. That’s why I decided to pick 15 best written female characters and put them all together: omen from TV and cinema, all strong, all with purpose.

15.  Kimmy Schmidt – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”


 “Cause women are strong as hell!” – says the song from opening credits. And it’s true. Kimmy, in a funny way, shows the viewers life after tragic events in her life. After she was kidnapped and held captive for many years, she’s finally free and decides to pull herself together, find a job apartment and even study. The main character doesn’t ever give up, is optimistic (sometimes even too much…) and always helps others.  All of that in a great comedy series.


14. Claire Underwood – “House of Cards”


Claire isn’t one of the good ones. She’s sneaky and manipulative. But somehow she seems to confirm the saying – “behind every great man, there is even greater woman”. In the show she plays president’s wife. Although Frank is the one in charge, the viewers can see that she is the one with the plan. Claire defines strong, independent woman who fights for what’s hers. And, as movie geeks could recently find out, she will be the main character in the last, final season of the show.


13.  Jessica Jones – “The Defenders” and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”


Jessica Jones is a former super heroine. Due to the post-traumatic stress disorder caused by past events, the heroine decides to give up her costume and open her own detective agency to help others. According to Melissa Rosenberg, savior in her world is a devastated heroine with defects, but the same interesting figure regardless of gender. The new image of the heroine contributes to the cessation of the idealization of women as those beautiful and fragrant, not only in the case of the world of super heroes, but women’s figures in general. Jones shows how to escape from physical abuse and then be stronger everyday.


12. Clementine – “The Walking Dead” Game


Clementine isn’t a typical character I would put into my list. But, as a strong, leading woman, she fits perfectly. She was only 8 when she lost her parents in the zombie epidemic. Since day one with the help of other characters, she was growing up in front of gamers’ eyes to become strong, independent, dangerous young woman. When we meet her in season 3 of the game, she isn’t that sweet girl anymore. She knows how to fight, how to use the gun and – most importantly, how to use words to get what she wants.


11. Madison Clark – “Fear The Walking Dead”

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Madison comes from the same created universe as Clementine. A mother of two, she will do everything to protect her children during escape from zombies. The viewers see her, surrounded by male company and see immidiately who rules – Madison. But she has a way. She lets them think they are in charge. That way she can do what she thinks is right.  And mostly all of that turns out to be true.


10. Women from “Handsmaid’s Tale”

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Awards come from everywhere – for the show and Elizabeth Moss. Nothing surprising. The series shows how the real world might look like if people don’t do anything about t. That’s why it’s all so real. The cast of “Handmaid’s Tale” is a group of strong women who are being silenced. But they wont’t give up, oh no.


9. Women from “Orange is The New Black”


People are familiar with the show that tells a story of  female inmates from Lichfield. After fifth season that was released in June, everything escalated. As I was writing in my previous post about the show, “The anger, grief after a loss of their friend and exhaustion causes a huge riot where women take hostages (all guards) and threaten not to let them go if MCC and governor don’t do what they want – better education, better treating, nicer guards and most importantly – a trial for the one who killed their friend. “. Characters show us how it’s like to fight for something important, how to make demands and destroy unequal treating.


8.  Women from  “Big Little Lies”


Emmy awarded TV show is now nominated to Golden Globes. Nicole Kidman, Reese Whiterspoon, Zoe Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern portrayed five amazing women, mothers and wives who will not stand still if something happens. One dark secret connects them all, but they are loyal to each other. The characters break awful stereotype created by media and film industry about female friendship – women can be friends without talking about each other behind their back. The series also touches very important subject – physical violence. One of the characters suffers from the hands of husband, but in society they are both regarded as a wonderful couple. “Big Little Lies” shows how to escape and how hard it is to do it. The creators also scold the question “Why did not she say anything earlier?”


7. Princess Diana – “Wonder Woman”


Patty Jenkins freshened up very known super heroine. After the premiere of the movie, it turned out how important it was for the society, for children to see female super hero on the big screen. Gal Gadot, who portrayed Diana, was touched by how many children thanked her and told her they want to be just like Wonder Woman – not only girls.


6. Eleven – “Stranger Things”


Eleven, the young character with supernatural powers portrayed by Millie Bobby Brown yet again shows the viewers how coming back to life looks like after mental and physical abuse. Eleven also finds amazing friends. She tries her best to protect them from everything. She’s just a girl, but she went through hell. Then again had to hide for a long time. She stayed strong though, because she knew her friends will need her.


5. Lorraine Broughton – “Atomic Blonde”


Long expected movie with Charlize Theron as a main role turned out to be a huge success. As the spy, Charlize had to find out who is who, who betrayed agency and who is on her side. She has only one rule – don’t trust no one. She gets beat up time after time, but Lorraine gets her revenge. The fights scenes are amazing. Lorraine is strong and doesn’t give up. She wants truth and she will get it one way or another.


4. Aurora Luft – “X Company”


Aurora is smart, educated and knows how to fight. She is also a leader of four different spies – men, during the World War II. She’s the first war female character that has to lead men to sabotage Germans. That is why it’s even more important. War times were hard for women, as we know from history. They were only supposed to wait for men coming from war zones. But Aurora is different. She tries her best to plan their mission and also calm down her team when it’s about arguments. She also loses her love, but she gets up and runs. She has to.


3. Delphine Cormier – “Ophan Black”


The real hero, woman in love, scientist. Character portrayed by Evelyne Brochu still divides people – the ones that love her and the ones that hate her. No matter what side (although I don’t understand how not to adore her) is it, she is the savior of the clones from “Orphan Black”. She sacrifised her life to help her lover Cosima and her sister to fight the system. Delphine even took the bullet for them and dissapeared to be found on the strange island. Even there, under the watchful eyes of the creator  of Neolusion, she did everything to help in a fight for freedom. Her character also shows that love is love, no matter who. Delphine helped many young women to find their place, their sexuality in  a society.


2. Siobhan Mrs S. Sadler – “Orphan Black”

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The second hero of the show, mother for “chickens” Mrs S, as well as Delphine, sacrifised her life to help her daughter Sarah and her sisters to have normal life. It can be easily said – Siobhan Sadler can be identified as mother archetype. The heroine is always for her daughter, for Sarah’s sisters and her granddaughter Kira. She will not hesitate to use a weapon and kill for the family. She sacrifises her life (which still hurts to see!) for the clones to be free. For them to be who they want.


1. Sisters from “Orphan Black”


Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Helena, Rachel, Krystal and many others. 274 women genetically identical to be correct. Main clones that call themselves sisters join their forces to fight the system, to gain a freedom, to escape from creators once and for all. To be seen as people, not experiment. Women fight, they sacrifice everything for that fight, because autonomy is the most important thing to have.

The characters amazingly created by Tatiana Maslany forever influenced society and film industry. The Canadian actress, as all the clones, created manifique, special and unique female characters that were needeed in media. I think more people should watch “Orphan Black” to truly see the galaxy of women and feel the power.


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