The future is female, and the future is now. Women have been taking the reigns of success for a long time now, but are finally beginning to get some of the recognition that they deserve. In the arts and Hollywood industry, it oftentimes is the male leads that win and are celebrated for their performance, while the thriving women must also take a step back and thank their male counterparts, as if they truly had any influence on their hard work and talent. In a time where media has such a heavy impact on encouraging others to dive into their passions of art, let’s give center stage to a few shining women.
Ellen Pompeo is the front face of the everlong running hit Grey’s Anatomy. Her character on the show embodies a woman who has been through it all, seen it all, and done it all, and yet, still has it in her to help others to survive it all. Pompeo on her own is an advocate for women’s rights, equal opportunities for immigrants, and more. She also works with former co-star Sara Ramirez to fight for LGBTQ+ rights.
Although she truly never left the scene, a revival from Mandy Moore on television has left many people full of tears, joy and value. Her role on This Is Us as Rebecca, mother of three, survivor of a stillborn birth, and widow to a loving yet struggling alcoholic, brings so many dynamics to the table that truly show the genuine talent that she has. In fact, one of the most powerful scenes of the series thus far, she shared in an interview, was never rehearsed, but was a genuine spur of the moment reaction. She has a niche for her craft like no other, as well as a niche for being a genuine character off set. Often, she posts her workout routines and health tips on Instagram, but she also shows off her days of being just like one of us, hanging out in her bed with her dog.
Although not technically on the screen, I felt that leaving Shonda Rhimes out of recognition of dominating females in the industry just seemed unjust. Shondaland has practically taken possession of Thursday television with it's jam packed line up on ABC, from Scandal to Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, along with the handful of spinoffs and mini series in between. After reading A Year of Yes, her memoir/all things guide to trying to live more outside of your comfort zone, I've come to learn that you can only truly feel satisfaction with progress if you actually let yourself flow out of and beyond the boundaries you are forced in.
My personal all time favorite badass woman on the screen is Meryl Streep. A graduate from both Yale and Vassar, a Jersey native (homegirl represent!) and bearer of 156 awards for her stellar talent, dedication and work, she has consistently brought to the table the power of womanhood. She started on Broadway, as many do, but gained a turning pointing her career when taking on the role of a woman who unknowingly defined the borders of a feminist. From then forward, Meryl seemed to stand her ground in Hollywood as the woman not to be reckoned with. Her role in The Post, released in 2017, is just one prime example of what she, along with so many other woman , have to deal with when being a running head in a large work field. Even when they have a grand title, the voice of a man somehow still finds it way to fill the gaps.