For years, our small screens were awash in angsty male antiheros. Dark and tortured Don Draper types who wouldn’t know fierce if it kicked them in the cojones. Lately though, the TV tide seems to be shifting with a surplus of super fly females from surgeons to sorority queen bees. To mark the moment in Grrrrrrl Power, we’re rounding up the most butt-kicking women on the boob tube each week.
Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project
Continuing on her personal mission to inform the world that it’s not just men who have to let one rip every once in a while, Mindy Lahiri does just that in a meeting. That’s right, ladies, it’s possible to be a gender equality activist from below the equator. Still confused about the relationship between flatulence and feminism? Read this amazing piece on our sister site, Chatelaine.
Fierce factor: 2/5 Beyoncés
Leah Remini, 20/20
After thirty years in the world’s most controversial religion, Remini left Scientology in 2013 and wrote a new memoir/exposé that comes out tomorrow. Promoting her latest project, the actress did a full-hour interview with 20/20, spilling the beans on how she was allegedly blamed for “ruining” Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding, how she was used for her connections to J.Lo and how the teachings of Sci are (in her words) “some crazy sh**.” Whatever you think about the CoS itself, coming out against such a powerful institution takes serious guts.
Fierce factor: 3/5 Beyoncés
Kara Danvers (aka Supergirl), Supergirl
The series premiere earned the best ratings numbers of any new show this fall, proving that TV viewers are totally into a superhero show where the woman isn’t swooning over some dude in Spandex. After years of regular human existence, Danvers (who is the cousin of Clarke Kent and his alter-ego) summons her super powers to save an airplane from crashing and kicks butt against a whole bunch of seedy bad guys. What did you do on Monday night?
Fierce factor: 4.5/5
More FLARE Fierce-O-Meter:
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The Most Fearless Women on TV: September 28-October 4
The Most Fearless Women on TV: October 5-11
The Most Fearless Women on TV: October 12-18
The Most Fearless Women on TV: October 19-25
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