Despite the many obstacles still to overcome, there’s no denying that we’re living in a golden age of television where complicated, dynamic female characters are plentiful and deserve to be celebrated.
But how did we get here? Which female characters of yesteryear paved the way for today’s fan favorites? And which current characters continue to forge new paths?
In honor of International Women’s Day, TVLine has compiled a list of trailblazing female characters, many of whom shook the very foundation of the television landscape. Among the iconic creations who made the cut, you’ll find lawyers, journalists, doctors and even a few intergalactic authorities. Because women contain what? Multitudes.
Read on to celebrate 25+ female characters who helped shape (or reshape) TV, including some who continue to walk the very trail they blazed, then drop a comment with your own additions to the list. There really is no limit.