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
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.
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