Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we’re recognizing some of the incredible women starring in Global TV shows.
Check out these six amazing women who not only play powerful women on Global TV shows, but are inspirational off-screen as well!
Kate Walsh as Rebecca Wright on Bad Judge
About Bad Judge: Wild child Rebecca Wright knows how to have a good time, but she also happens to be one of L.A.’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. She has a reputation for unorthodox behaviour in the courtroom, including creative rulings and saying exactly what’s on her mind. But her nonconformist personality only fuels her fire for justice.
Bad Judge star Kate Walsh has had her fair share of hits, including starring roles on Grey’s Anatomy, The Drew Carey Show, and Private Practice. An entrepreneur and activist as well as an actress, Kate is also politically engaged, having campaigned for Barack Obama before his first Presidential election. We thank you, Kate, for being one impressive woman!
Megan Boone as Agent Elizabeth Keen on The Blacklist
About The Blacklist: The Blacklist centers around an international criminal, Raymond Reddington, who mysteriously surrenders himself to the Feds and offers to help them hunt down the very men he’s spent his entire life protecting. Megan Boone stars as rookie FBI agent Elizabeth Keen – the only agent Reddington will work with.
Megan Boone was previously a working actress best known for her roles in My Bloody Valentine, and Step Up Revolution. But with the huge success of The Blacklist, she’s fast becoming a household name. Recently, she was featured on the cover Capitol File magazine, which celebrates the influential players, cultural connoisseurs, fashion sophisticates, and philanthropic leaders of Washington, DC. With Megan’s star on the rise, we can’t wait to see what this cool and talented woman does next!
Sophia Bush as Detective Erin Lindsay on Chicago P.D
About Chicago P.D: A riveting police drama about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department’s elite Intelligence Unit, combating the city’s most heinous offenses – organized crime, drug trafficking, and high-profile murders. Sophia Bush stars as Detective Erin Lindsay: a tough, no-nonsense detective.
Sophia Bush is an impressive actress and activist who is involved in over 10 different charities. Nothing stops her! In response to the misogynist hash-tag “#FeministsAreUgly,” Sophia took on the trolls with a powerful series of tweets about the meaning and importance of feminism – including a shoutout to feminist media organization, We Are The XX. With 1.12-million Twitter followers, Sophia is using her platform to make a positive change in the world and fight gender inequality.
Lucy Liu as Joan Watson on Elementary
About Elementary: Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impenetrable cases.
Lucy Liu has been a prominent face on the Hollywood scene since she got our attention as Lily Woo on Ally McBeal. Now as co-star of the hit Elementary, she’s more successful than ever. This visibility comes in handy for her other major roles: as an activist for gender and marriage equality, a spokesperson for breast cancer research, and an ambassador and spokesperson for the United Nations. In 2012 Lucy directed the short film Meena, about child sex trafficking. We could not be more impressed and inspired by Lucy’s tireless fight for the rights of women and children!
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife
About The Good Wife: The Good Wife stars Emmy Award-winner Julianna Margulies as a former stay-at-home wife and mother who restarts her career as a litigator after her husband’s very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.
On The Good Wife, Julianna plays a high-powered defense attorney who won’t let anything stand in her way. In real life, Julianna is just as impressive! She and her castmates raised $77,185 for the St. Bernard Project, a non-profit that organizes the post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort. Julianna and the cast have also lent their hands to rebuilding the homes of Hurricane Sandy victims. That is some incredible work, on- and off-screen!
Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord on Madam Secretary
About Madam Secretary: Téa Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd and determined newly-appointed Secretary of State. As Secretary, Elizabeth drives international diplomacy, battles office politics, and circumvents protocol when necessary, both at the White House and at home.
Téa Leoni has been known for comedies like The Family Man, Fun With Dick and Jane, and Spanglish. But with her powerful star turn as Elizabeth McCord in the hit Madam Secretary, Téa reminds us that she can get serious. In her own life, Téa is serious about providing clean water, food, education, lifesaving health care, and emergency relief to children and their families. She was appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in 2001, and later became a National Board Member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, following in the footsteps of her grandmother, who was the Fund’s President for a quarter-century! Keep up the amazing work Téa!
We’re bowled over by the strength of these women and the causes they support. And, of course, by the powerful characters they play on TV! This weekend, let’s continue to make change in the world, and follow their lead in fighting to make gender equality a reality. Show some appreciation to the women in your life, and let them know you support them. Happy International Women’s Day!
A brief history of International Women’s Day:
In the early 1900s, women were campaigning for change in the face of rampant inequality and oppression. In 1910, the movement came together in Denmark, with a conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, working together for Women’s Suffrage. At the landmark conference, International Women’s Day was established to recognize the fight, and the annual celebrations started the very next year. Since then, there have been huge strides for women’s equality in the workforce and in the world, but the struggle continues to end wage inequality, gender discrimination, and violence. On March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day, to acknowledge how far we’ve come – and also how far we still have to go.
For more information, check out the official International Women’s Day website.