HAPPY IWD: Our Guide To Television’s Ultimate Leading Ladies & Feminist Heroes

Today is all about International Women’s Day – a glorious 24 hour long dedication to the wonderful women in our lives, and how we can make the world a more gender equal space, for all of us.

It’s also a day (for Punkee HQ, specifically) to reflect on the feminist influences and kick-ass women that have shaped pop culture today.

So we thought: what better day to recognise television’s greatest leading ladies and feminist heroes? Honouring the TV series’ that promote story-telling that doesn’t merely include, but champions you know, over half of the world’s population. Amazing fictional women in many shapes and sizes.

From the ultimate ‘strong female lead’ Buffy Summers, the fierce AF Arya Stark, Eleven and Dana Scully, to the perpetually hilarious Leslie Knope, Liz Lemon and Rebecca Bunch.

Here’s our ultimate list of television’s leading ladies:

Leslie Knope – Parks and Recreation

Elaine Benes – Seinfeld

Lorelai Gilmore – Gilmore Girls

Dana Scully – The X-Files

Liz Lemon – 30 Rock

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson – Broad City

Eleven – Stranger Things

Blair Waldorf – Gossip Girl

Olivia Pope – Scandal

Samantha Jones – Sex & the City

Offred – The Handmaid’s Tale 

Jane Villanueva – Jane the Virgin

Michonne – The Walking Dead

Rosa Diaz  – Brooklyn 99

Tina Belcher – Bob’s Burgers

Jessica Jones – Jessica Jones

Arya Stark – Game of Thrones

Kimmy Schmidt –Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Rebecca Bunch – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Tasha ‘Taystee’ Jefferson – Orange is the New Black

Daria Morgendorffer – Daria

Buffy Summers – Buffy the Vampire Slayer