1. 11 Most Powerful Women On TV
Nothing makes you prouder to be a woman than turning on the television screen and catching your favorite actress fixing the White House’s problems, saving lives in the operating room or teaching a class how to get away with murder. Not only do these women plan powerful roles on screen, but they are also just as powerful offscreen. Here are the 12 most powerful women on television.
2. President Constance Payton
There’s no woman on TV right now, more powerful than Alfre Woodard, who could fire, hire and fire Olivia Pope again and again if she wanted to. Woodard’s character Constance Payton, whose closet consists of fierce suits in ranging colors, is President of the US. With a military background, President Payton packs a powerful punch and is faced with huge decisions everyday all while remaining fierce and fabulous.
3. Olivia Pope
There is no woman other than Kerry Washington who could take on the role of Olivia Pope. Like Kerry, Olivia Pope’s presence demands respect and she snags the attention of everyone when she steps foot into a room. While she has control over everything, she just cant seem to get her love life together. But who has time for love when you’re working alongside powerful players like the President of the United States.
4. Dr. Jean Fishman
Dr. Jean Fishman is the chief of Shulman & Associates’ admitting hospital on “The Mindy Project.” Dr. Fishman, played by Niecy Nash, is a “take no prisoners” type of girl who doesn’t allow nonsense and also happens to be a lesbian (the show’s first). The tough physician joined the hospital from Boston and when she’s not busy being making Mindy’s life hell, she’s running things and looking good while doing it.
5. Linda Vasquez
It seems some of the most powerful women on television are currently running the Nation’s Capital and Linda Vasquez is no different. Sakina Jaffrey played the role of Vasquez, President Walker’s White House Chief of Staff, in the Netflix series “House of Cards.” She worked closely with the President and although she resigned in season two, she still left her mark on the show as a woman of power.
6. Elizabeth McCord
Téa Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord on the hit show “Madam Secretary.” McCord is a former CIA analyst and college professor who was promoted to United States Secretary of State – Yes, here’s another powerful woman strutting her stilettos all over the Oval Office. When she’s not busy helping run the country, she’s being a devoted wife to Professor Henry McCord, a former NASA spy and pilot. Talk about a power couple!
7. Margaret “Peggy” Olson
Elisabeth Moss plays Margaret “Peggy” Olson, the copy chief of Sterling Cooper & Partners, on the show “Madmen.” As the first female writer at the firm since World War II, she’s the second-in-command in the creative department. Olson’s character is portrayed as an innocent yet determined young woman who stops at nothing to be successful at her job!
8. Dr. Rainbow Johnson
Tracee Ellis Ross plays Dr. Rainbow Johnson, an anesthesiologist, on the ABC’s “Blackish.” While I was skeptical about this show at first, it’s become one of my favorites which comes at no surprise because Tracee is a queen! Not only is Tracee amazing in every facet of her own life, she brings that same energy out of Rainbow! She’s smart, beautiful, independent, and one of the most powerful women on TV.
9. Carrie Mathison
Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathison on the Showtime series “Homeland.” Mathison studied language at three different universities before graduating Summa Cum Laude from Princeton! If her background doesn’t impress you, she’s an operations officer currently working for the CIA. Her daily activities consist of capturing terrorists and saving the country, you know, typical power moves!
10. Alicia Florrick
Julianna Margulies plays Alicia Florrick, the main character in the TV series, “The Good Wife.” After her husband of 15 years, attorney Peter Florrick, was caught up in a sex tape scandal and sent to prison, the stay at home mother of two boys was forced to work at a law firm in order to support her family. Somehow she still manages to juggle her professional life and the ongoing scandal surrounding her husband.
11. Elizabeth Keen
Megan Boone goes into full beast mode when playing Elizabeth Keen in “The Blacklist.” Keen, who is a FBI agent, raised herself after her mother died and father abandoned her at a young age. As an adult, she joined the FBI as the head of the mobile emergency psych and has been making power moves ever since!
12. Annalise Keating
Viola Davis slays as Professor Keating in “How To Get Away With Murder.” She’s independent, smart, and makes it clear that anyone who crosses her will instantly regret it. She doesn’t take weakness from anyone, even her estranged husband, and will do whatever it takes to win. Her students simultaneously hate her and want to be just like her for the exact same reason. She is one woman that demands respect!
13. Dr. Miranda Bailey
Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is a tough shell to crack. Her “Grey’s Anatomy” colleagues refer to her as “The Nazi” due to her tough personality and blunt attitude. She even has a list of rules that must be followed in the hospital at all times! Overall, she is one of the most respected physicians at Seattle Grace Hospital and her peers often look up to her for her support and advice.