To celebrate International Women’s Day, here are seven women showing just how far screen stereotypes have come.
Jacqueline Carlyle – The Bold Type
As editor in chief of Scarlet Magazine, Jacqueline (Melora Hardin) was about as far away from the old cigar-chomping, team-shaming screen editors of old (Superman and Spider-Man’s crusty old bosses for example) as you could get.
Tough but fair and caring of her crew, she won circulation and beat the opposition with style and grace, all while mentoring the women under her wing.
And while this season her time as editor may be up, she’s not about to let any of that go. “Just because I’m no longer at Scarlet,” she proudly says, “doesn’t mean I’m ever going to stop fighting for women!”
Stream brand new episodes of The Bold Type here, same day as the US, only on Stan.
Buffy Summers – Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Geller) is a typical Californian high-school student, more concerned with fitting in and having fun than planning for the future.
Oh, and she also just happens to be The Chosen One, the latest in a long line of butt-kicking, charge-taking, monster hunting women who keep the world safe from the forces of evil.
Possibly one of the most-empowering series ever created, Buffy The Vampire Slayer has become a legacy in its own right, praised for showing a fearless female when the 90s stereotype could be less flattering.
Check outevery episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer here.
Diana Trout – Younger
While we’re quick to get swept up in the double life of 40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster) who is busily trying to hide her age from her colleagues, her boss Diana (Miriam Shor) is embracing hers.
She’s the perfect example of a woman who is absolutely confident she is the best at what she does, no matter what her age – and look out anyone who thinks otherwise. Single, stylish and with some of the best lines in the Stan series, she well and truly steals the show.
Every episode of Younger is now streaming, only on Stan.
M – James Bond
Superspy James Bond might get the cars, the gadgets and the adventure-packed assignments, but he only gets them if M, his boss, sees fit to give them to him.
And since 1995’s Goldeneye, M (Judi Dench) has been a woman who demands and commands Agent 007’s respect. Through seven Bond films, M proved a brilliant tactician and selfless leader, and more than an equal for her best agent.
Watch every James Bond film here on Stan.
The successful and driven founder of her own high-end tech company, Joan (Lauren Graham) is the perfect boss.
Sure, she might be more than willing to fire series star Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy) if she thinks she’s not serious about her career, but the songs only Zoey can hear reveal a sensitive and often lonely side that reflect a woman who will promote and mentor her if she thinks Zoey is being serious… and maybe even become her friend along the way.
The brand new series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is now streaming, only on Stan.
Olivia Moore – iZombie
After being turned into a zombie at a party gone (hilariously) wrong, former medical student Liv Moore (Rose McIver) finds that eating human brains keeps her relatively normal.
It allows her to access the knowledge and memories of the brain’s previous owner, and (naturally) she uses her new power to solve the mysteries of their deaths while she hunts for a cure to her newfound reality, always making sure she stays the hero of her own story.
Watch every episode of iZombie here, only on Stan.
The Doctor – Doctor Who
Since 1963 and through thirteen different bodies, alien adventurer The Doctor has been keeping an eye on planet Earth to make sure the nastier elements of the universe leave us in peace.
Now regenerated for the first time into the body of a woman, the fight goes on and shows the world that gender does not define us. It’s a new wardrobe, but the same mission — she is The Doctor and she’s here to help.
Check out 11 series of Doctor now streaming on Stan.