8 Binge-Worthy TV Shows With Strong Female Leads

8 Binge-Worthy TV Shows With Strong Female Leads

Enough with the sausage fest; lets talk about the women who are dominating the screen.

It's important to have female representation on TV, especially when you're growing up. Having a character on the screen that you can look up to ingrains confidence in those watching it- which is why female inclusion is key.

Despite the entertainment industry being dominated by male leads, these female lead shows definitely knocks them down a few pegs. Here are 8 bad-ass TV shows lead by strong female characters!

1. Scandal

Where to find it: Netflix / Hulu / Amazon Prime

Olivia Pope- she knows what she wants and she gets it. She’s the white house's secret weapon and has the President of the United States wrapped around her finger. Cross her and you may find yourself in a sea of misery.

"I am very good at what I do. I am better than anyone else. And that is not arrogance, that is a fact." - Olivia Pope

2. Jessica Jones

Where to find it: Netflix

She’s not your typical hero, but she has a lethal punch. Jessica Jones is one tough ass chick who's out for revenge. Don’t let that (occasional) smile fool you, she’s sarcastic with a hard attitude and isn’t interested in making new friends.

"My greatest weakness? Occasionally I give a damn." - Jessica Jones

3. Quantico

Where to find it: Netflix / Amazon Prime

Alex Parrish is a prime suspect in a terrorist attack and will do whatever it takes to clear her name. She’s a badass FBI agent with a kind heart who makes the toughest jobs look easy.

"Let's make today the day we stop doing anything we regret." - Alex Parrish

4. How To Get Away With Murder

Where to find it: Netflix / Hulu / Amazon Prime

Annalise Keating and her students find themselves in a series of sticky situations, or shall I say murders, that end up derailing the course of their lives. Annalise is a merciless lawyer with a work ethic and determination that makes the rest of us look pathetic.

"Prayers are for the weak- I'll stick to beating your ass in court." - Annalise Keating

5. Veronica Mars

Where to find it: Go90 / Amazon Prime

Veronica went from being her high schools “it girl”, to the one sitting at the loner table. Instead of obsessing over he said she said, she makes it her mission to crack down on the bad guys and solve her towns toughest mysteries. She’s quick-witted and funny with an intelligence that can’t be beaten.

"This girl ain't gonna be nobody's bitch. You better recognize." - Veronica Mars

6. Big Little Lies

Where to find it: Hulu / HBO / Amazon Prime

Three mothers- Celeste, Jane, and Madeline- find their seemingly perfect town begin to unravel with a murder mystery, secrets, and lies. If this show doesn’t prove that moms are one of the strongest and capable women, I don’t know what does.

"I love my grudges. I tend to them like little pets." - Madeline Martha

7. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Where to find it: Hulu / Amazon Prime

Buffy Summers has been chosen to seek out and kill vampires, but she also has to figure out how to balance the life of a normal high school girl. She takes shit from no one and has no problem crushing a few skulls (more like slaying a few) if that’s what it takes.

"From now on, we won't just face our worst fears, we will seek them out. We will find them, and cut out their hearts one by one. There's only one thing on earth more powerful than evil, and that's us." - Buffy Summers

8. Supergirl

Where to find it: Netflix / The CW

Kara Danvers is the cousin of Superman and grows up most of her life hiding her powers from her foster family, but those days of hiding out have come to an end when she’s recruited to a secret agency. Kara becomes Supergirl and uses her powers to protect the city and her loved ones.

"There is no correct path in life. You will lose your way many times. What's important is that you find your way back to the brave girl you always were. Be wise, be strong, and always be true to yourself." - Supergirl

Cover Image Credit: Via Unsplash

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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