In all honesty, there should probably be more than one International Women's Day a year--doesn't it seems odd that despite two whole millennia of civilization, around half of our population is glaringly underpaid and underrepresented when compared to the other half? Strong women are all around us, from mothers and friends who support us daily to the public figures who inspire us with their work. Sometimes, even fictional characters can be a source of strength and empowerment, but then again, that should come as no surprise to anyone who's ever enjoyed Jane Eyre.
It's maddening when television shows aren't realistic or relatable in their portrayals of women, but sometimes, either through stellar performances or sharp plot direction, the woman on screen really does become someone you can genuinely see as a sister to learn from. Here are some of the silver screen's strongest offerings right now:
Priyanka Chopra’s Alex Parrish is the MacGyver of negotiations, and it’s nice to see a semi-secret agent get by on wits and words over guns drawn from the slit in her skintight dress. On Quantico, Parrish routinely talks her friends out of sticky situations, is quick to take stock of deceptive situations, and most importantly, is a strong advocate of using teamwork to accomplish big things. Once an FBI agent-in-study and now a CIA trainee, Parrish is a naturally gifted at going with the flow and navigating choppy waters.