14 Inspiring Female TV Leads

14 Female Characters Who Put The 'Whoa' In Woman

Women of cinema and television any female can connect with and be inspired by.


Cinema and television are reflections of society and personalities. Having women who are strong and powerful is motivating and allows us, women, to feel empowered and represented. No matter what race or ethnicity you may be, these characters are one not to be messed with, and neither should you.

1. Jane Villanueva, "Jane the Virgin"


Jane Gloria Villanueva was the average girl with a dream to write, when her life suddenly took a drastic turn. After being accidentally artificially inseminated by her doctor, Jane faces numerous obstacles and battles regarding her new life. Jane continues to achieve her lifelong goals and live her life to the fullest. Copying the writing styles of Latin telenovela's, "Jane the Virgin" will definitely grab your attention.

2. Rainbow Johnson, "Black-ish"


Her name sure fits her personality. Rainbow is such a positive and inspring character. Handling the roles of being a wife, mother, and doctor, her main goal is to keep everyone happy, healthy and safe. Watching Bow, you cant help but smile.

3. Hermione Granger, "Harry Potter" franchise


Sassy. Smart. And some more sass. Dealing with bullying, handling a prestigious school, and being the best of the best, Miss Granger is one to look up too. (And if we are being real, Harry and Ron would not be able to survive with her.)

4. Shuri, "Marvel's Black Panther"


Shuri! Queen of quoting memes. Inventor of majority of Wakanda's technology. A warrior. Oh and shes a princess. Shuri is EXTREMELY talented and above average when it comes to brains. She is a great role model for young black girls.

5. Raven Baxter, "That's So Raven"


(That's so Raven!) It's the future I can see. (That's so Raven) It's so mysterious to meeee! (If you sang, hi-five!) Raven was a fashion icon and silly high school student who just wanted to do the right thing even if she ended up in the most obscure situations. Raven was also a curvy black teen, who many girls, like myself, could relate to.

6. Mulan, "Mulan"


Need I say anything at all? Mulan was a warrior who didn't settle for anything or anyone. Going to war, dressing as a man, and successfully defeating the Huns, Mulan is one of the boldest and courageous women in Disney. (Plus can we talk about that soundtrack?!?!?)

7. Mia Thermopolis, "The Princess Diaries"


Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi. Princess of Genovia. Mia Themopolis was a plain jane who suddenly became next in line for the Genovian throne. Mia transformed from the frizzy curls and thick brows, to silky hair and fleek brows, and never changed her personality to be popular or fit in. Mia is the one to be best friends with!

8. Kim Possible, "Kim Possible"


In danger or trouble, she's there on the double. You know that you always can call Kim Possible. Every young girl thought she was Kim Possible at some point in her life. A nice cheerleader who fought evil, saved the wprld countless times and was an overall BADDIE! Kim was the girl to be. Plus, the movies that followed were just as, if not more, entertaining and loveable. (Is that theme song in your head now)

9. Bonnie Bennett, "The Vampire Diaries"


Bonnie was one of the BEST female characters on "The Vampire Diaries". She was always the one to call when Damon, Elena, or Caroline was ever in trouble. Bonnie went through a lot and still stayed strong until the very end. She is the reason why they survived so long.

10. Elle Woods, "Legally Blonde"


Elle showed us that we can do anything we put our minds too. Our worth is not based on our looks but by how we see ourselves. If you want to an ivy league school, do what you need in order to make sure they have you a seat. Elle served looks and tea, showing women can be just as equal as their male counterparts.

11. Nola Darling, "Netflix: She's Gotta Have It"


Nola Dartling is a feminist icon. Openly exploring her sexuality and being completely unapolgetic with her lifestyle, she continues to thrive in her New York lifestyle. Her artwork and views of the female body is something to be inspired by.

12. Michonne, "The Walking Dead"


Just by this gif you can tell, Michonne is a toal bad-ass. A black woman with super skills with a katana, who will NOT hesitate to use it, is a woman worth obsessing over. She may or may not be a jedi.... that's up for debate.

13. Claire Temple, Marvel's "Daredevil" / "Jessica Jones" / "Luke Cage" / "The Defenders"


The moment I was introduced to Claire, I instantly fell in love, She is a woman of color in the medical who is crazy smart and talented. Although she deals with those with superhuman strangth and abilites, she is the ultimate power nurse.

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36 Rules Of Life From 'NCIS's' Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sometimes we all need a smack on the back of the head.

I have been watching "NCIS" since the show began back in 2003, and season 15 will be airing this September. It is one of the longest running series and for a good reason, even though a lot of your favorite characters die off in the show they somehow still keep it alive. Anyone who has watched an episode or more knows about the infamous Gibbs's rules. Here's the list that we can gather from the many episodes:

Rule 1: "Never let suspects stay together." - revealed in the Season 1 premiere episode, Yankee White (episode).

Rule 2: "Never screw over your partner." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode). McGee also stated this rule to Ned Dorneget in Need to Know (episode). McGee also mentioned to Abigail Borin in Ships in the Night (episode) that rule number one has been taken twice, showing that he knows that there are two number one rules.

Rule 3: "Always wear gloves at a crime scene." - revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 4: "Don't believe what you're told. Double check." - again revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 5: "Never be unreachable." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Deception (episode) although Gibbs has been known to be intentionally unreachable. The rule was shown in Rule Fifty-One (episode) in the background when Gibbs opens the box.

Rule 6: "The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode)

Rule 7: "You don't waste good." - revealed in the Season 8 episode, Baltimore (episode).

Rule 8: "Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness." - This rule has been mentioned throughout the series, but it wasn't given a specific number until Flesh and Blood (episode). The rule is also a direct reference to John Wayne's catch phrase in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" (John Ford, Director). Wayne said: "Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness." to subordinates in a military situation. DiNozzo notes the connection in Hiatus Part 1 (episode). Mark Harmon's career has paralleled John Wayne's. They both were quarterback of their southern California college football team, both went into acting. (Harmon's father, Tom Harmon, was a Heisman Trophy-winner and actor & announcer as well.) Note: This is continuously told to Tony, Ziva and Tim through a smack to the back of their heads.

Rule 9: "Always be specific when you lie." - revealed in the Season 1 finale episode, Reveille (episode).

Rule 10: "Never take anything for granted." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Probie (episode) although Gibbs also quotes it as being "Never assume" during the Season 9 episode, Rekindled (episode).

Rule 11: "Never go anywhere without a knife." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, One Shot, One Kill (episode)although it's sometimes quoted as "Never leave home without a knife" or "Always carry a knife."

Rule 12: "Never get personally involved in a case." - revealed in the Season 7 episode, Obsession (episode) and again referenced by the new SECNAV Clayton Jarvis in the Season 9 premiere episode, Nature of the Beast (episode) as the number one rule in Washington politics.

Rule 13: "When the job is done, walk away." - revealed in the Season 6 episode, Semper Fidelis (episode).

Rule 14: "Never date a co-worker." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, Enigma (episode).

Rule 15: "Never, ever involve lawyers." - revealed in "Collateral Damage." Rule 51 is written on the back of the card containing Rule 13 in "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 16: "Bend the line, don't break it." - revealed in Anonymous was a Woman (episode).

Rule 17: "Always work as a team." - revealed in Leap of Faith (episode).

Rule 18: "If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it." - revealed in the Season 8 finale episode, Pyramid (episode).

Rule 19: "Never, ever interrupt Gibbs during an interrogation." - revealed in the Season 14 episode, Privileged Information (episode).

Rule 20: "It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission." - revealed in Silver War (episode).

Rule 21: "Always look under." - revealed in The Artful Dodger (episode)

Rule 22: "Never ever bother Gibbs in interrogation." - revealed in Smoked (episode).

Rule 23: "Never mess with a Marine's coffee... if you want to live."- revealed during "Forced Entry."

Rule 24: "There are two ways to follow someone. First way, they never notice you. Second way, they only notice you." - Jack Knife (episode) and "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 25: "When you need help, ask." - revealed during Blood Brothers (episode).

Rule 26: "Always watch the watchers." - revealed in "Baltimore."

Rule 27: "If you feel like you are being played, you probably are." - revealed in Nature of the Beast (episode).

Rule 28: "Your case, your lead." - revealed in Bounce (episode) placing Tony as temporarily in charge of the team, and also in Phoenix (episode) with Ducky as leader.

Rule 29: "There is no such thing as coincidence." - revealed in Obsession (episode) although DiNozzo states that Rule 39A is "There is no such thing as a small world" during Canary (episode).

Rule 30: "If it seems like someone is out to get you, they are." - revealed in Borderland (episode).

Rule 31: "Never accept an apology from someone who just sucker punched you." - revealed in Psych Out (episode).

Rule 32: "First things first, hide the women and children." - This rule number was mentioned in Patriot Down (episode) but was not stated until Rule Fifty-One (episode).

Rule 33: "Clean up the mess that you make." - revealed in "Rule Fifty-One" although it's also stated as "Never leave behind loose ends" in Hiatus Part 2 (episode).

Rule 34: "Sometimes you're wrong." - Created by Gibbs in Rule Fifty-One" by writing it on the back of the card containing Rule 13. It is unknown if his coworkers are aware of this rule.

Rule 35: "Always give people space when they get off an elevator." - revealed in Double Back (episode)

Rule 36: "Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man." - revealed in Devil's Triangle (episode).

While some seem to deal with Gibbs only there are some very great life lessons present. If you haven's started watching "NCIS" I suggest you start soon, it is all on Netflix.

"A slap to the face is an insult - a slap to the back of the head is a wake-up call." Leroy Jethro Gibbs
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The Ins And Outs Of Imposter Syndrome And How It Affects Women Of Color

We're taught by older generations that we always have to work twice as hard to get half as far as white peers.


First things first I want to tell you what Imposter Syndrome is not. I know there are plenty of articles that discuss self-confidence through body image but I can guarantee you that's not what I'm talking about here. That could be another article for another day, perhaps. It's also not just a feeling of "oh, dang, I could've done that better" or "I wish I'd done that differently." It must also be noted that this is less of an actual disorder and more of a condition if you will.

What Imposter Syndrome actually is is feeling like nothing you accomplish is actually worth anything and that everything you've achieved is because of luck, not because of the work you put into it. It's always feeling like you're going to be exposed or found out for not actually being as intelligent or successful as you seem or as you say you are.

But how does this manifest in everyday life you ask? Well, of course, I am here to provide some examples.

Whenever I have a project due in one of my journalism classes, I make sure to listen to the instructions when it's being introduced. I always go back and read over the syllabus when completing my projects. I take the tips and tricks into account. I follow all of the guidelines I was given and I always try to put my best foot forward. Yet, I still always feel like I'm doing everything incorrectly or that I'm forgetting something. I feel like no matter what my professor is going to hate it and I'm going to get a bad grade.

Or it can manifest as whenever I try to apply for a job I have a hard time describing my skills or past work experience because I feel like I haven't really done anything relevant. I also don't really feel like I have many skills if any. I always remember that someone is going to have more experience or a better portfolio or a better resume. Whenever I remember that it can leave me feeling inadequate and like I don't belong. Like everyone else is a hireable employee and like I'm a poser.

I think this has a lot to do with the fact that, as a woman, you're socialized to put other people's needs and wants before your own whether that be celebrating other people's accomplishments or helping other people bounce back from failure. But you never really gain the skills to be that same support for yourself, at least not without years of work and undoing the internalized misogyny you've faced. Also because we've been socialized this way it can leave you feeling like you don't deserve anything good because the people around you haven't gotten there's yet. And that can be extremely difficult to break through.

As for people of color, because we're taught by older generations that we always have to work twice as hard to get half as far as white peers, we're always so used to exerting so much energy. But the moment you actually get recognized for your hard work can be jarring because you might feel like you weren't working as hard you could be and don't deserve it. Or that you got lucky this time but soon everyone is gonna find out the truth and you're gonna be exposed as a fraud or an underachiever.

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