Cat Grant

Cal­ista Flock­hart’s me­dia mogul in Su­per­girl

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When your show’s lead char­ac­ter is a woman who can fly – to say noth­ing of set­ting things on fire with her eyes – it takes a cer­tain some­thing to still man­age to be the most pow­er­ful woman on screen. Thank­fully, Cal­ista Flock­hart brings that cer­tain some­thing to long- term Su­per- side­kick Cat Grant – in spades.

As the CEO of CatCo ( and Kara’s boss), this Cat is a more pow­er­ful ver­sion of the char­ac­ter than we’ve seen be­fore. She isn’t some­one who’s well liked. She’s a ruth­less busi­ness­woman, an of­ten un­car­ing boss and fre­quently a bitch. Yet she’s a woman liv­ing in a man’s world who re­fuses to com­pro­mise or ac­cept sec­ond best from any­one around her.

It helps, of course, that in ad­di­tion to her pow­er­ful CEO side – and her de­voted mother side, which shouldn’t be ig­nored – she also has a great line in cut­ting

put- downs. Bitchy she may be, but you can’t help but like her when she walks on screen, and though you’d hate hav­ing her as a boss, you’d prob­a­bly be a bet­ter per­son for it by the end.

Cat’s very much a prac­ti­cal fem­i­nist, con­cen­trat­ing less on win­ning gen­der bat­tles and more on en­sur­ing she gets things done. She of­ten seems cold, but as she ex­plains to Kara, she knows that show­ing emotion in busi­ness will weaken her in a way it wouldn’t a man, and so she doesn’t. And “Ev­ery woman worth her salt knows that we have to work twice as hard as a man to be thought of as half as good.” It’s re­fresh­ing to hear th­ese sen­ti­ments on prime­time TV.

Some love her ver­sion of fem­i­nism, some hate it, but what’s un­de­ni­able is that she’s a pow­er­ful woman in a se­nior po­si­tion, re­fus­ing to apol­o­gise, and fem­i­nism – and TV – def­i­nitely needs more of those. Rhian Drinkwa­ter

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