Having been confined to the fringes of society for so long, never able to fully immerse ourselves into the opportunities the world has to offer, it’s hard to remain firm in the belief that things are slowly changing for us. Just to keep you inspired, here are 4 women from our favorite shows that have thrown open the gates that women have been trapped behind for so long.
Reena from Lust Stories
 

Reena from Lust Stories

Reena demonstrates that you don’t have to take on the entire world to be recognised as strong. Juggling two men at the same time, she completely destroys the stereotype of the timid housewife whose entire life is dictated by the overbearing husband. Her self-confidence further shines through in more subtle ways—her minimal make-up and clothing for instance, highlight her ability to flaunt her flaws (although looking at her, we can hardly find any).

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette
 

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette

Hannah Gadsby, the creator of the comedy special Nanette, is almost synonymous with transcendence. From writing a comedy show that wasn’t designed to be funny, to using clothing as a way to openly express her support for LGBTQ rights, Hannah is constantly challenging the so-called societal norms. We can only dream to be as confident as her and hope that you find her as inspiring as we do.

Debbie Eagan from Glow
 

Debbie Eagan from Glow

Debbie Eagan can only be described as a (wo)man made of steel. When she found out that her husband was cheating on her with her best friend, did she mope around and binge eat ice-cream and watch rom-coms? Nope. She decided to join the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling—a female wrestling show. Talk about turning things around for yourself!

Carlota Rodriguez De Senillosa from Cable Girls
 

Carlota Rodriguez De Senillosa from Cable Girls

Carlota’s bold sense of purpose instantly has you in awe in this Spanish show. Her decision to give up her status and family to go work at a telephone company is a testament to her advocacy of women’s rights. Can you even imagine leaving the comfort, security and familiarity of your home in pursuit of freedom? And that too in 1928, at a time when women in Spain could not even vote? Carlota was shattering the glass ceiling before people were even aware that there was a glass ceiling!