TV’s hottest women who’re shat­ter­ing the glass ceil­ing

It’s been an in­cred­i­ble year for women on tele­vi­sion. Don’t be­lieve us? Meet eight ac­tresses who are shat­ter­ing TV gen­der norms

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - BY NATALYA MOLOK

emale-driven tele­vi­sion shows that de­pict women as the he­roes of their own sto­ries are few and far be­tween. 2017 saw that nar­ra­tive fi­nally change as shows like The Hand­maid’s Tale, Veep and Big Lit­tle Lies dom­i­nated the head­lines, and saw women sweep up awards on both sides of the cam­era, prov­ing once and for all that women in the TV in­dus­try are both val­ued and valu­able.

That all the ma­jor Emmy cat­e­gories this year were dom­i­nated by sto­ries about women is an im­pres­sive feat. It’s even more im­pres­sive when you con­sider the in­clu­siv­ity prob­lems that con­tinue to plague the Os­cars, and other awards shows.

Sta­tis­tics also con­firm that things are look­ing up for women on the small screen. Ac­cord­ing to Boxed In, San Diego State Univer­sity’s an­nual re­port of gen­der dis­par­i­ties in tele­vi­sion, women made up 42 per cent of all ma­jor parts on tele­vi­sion last year. That’s up from 38 per cent the year be­fore and a whop­ping 40 per cent in the 2014/2015 sea­son.

Di­ver­sity within roles for women is also get­ting bet­ter, with black char­ac­ters com­pris­ing 19 per cent of fe­male char­ac­ters (up from 16 per cent last year), Asian char­ac­ters com­pris­ing six per cent (up from four per cent), and Lati­nas com­pris­ing five per cent (up from four per cent).

We have a long way to go be­fore women achieve par­ity on the small screen, but these num­bers are def­i­nitely en­cour­ag­ing. The pow­er­ful char­ac­ters we’ve gath­ered in this story are proof, how­ever, that day may come sooner rather than later.

DES­IG­NATED SUR­VIVOR

Dev­as­tat­ingly beau­ti­ful, ruth­less to the core and as head­strong as they come, Han­nah Wells is not some­one you would want to be stuck with in an in­ter­ro­ga­tion room. If you’ve seen Mag­gie Q in her other roles in

Nikita and Stalker, then you al­ready know how badass she is. In the mas­sive con­spir­acy that is Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor, the Hawai­ian­born beauty ups the ante and makes her char­ac­ter come to life as a de­ter­mined FBI agent stand­ing in be­tween the truth and an en­tire net­work of evil. Now that’s power!

MAG­GIE Q as Han­nah Wells

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