Today is a day of celebration. It is a day to celebrate being a woman and being a survivor . We are all survivors, no matter the battles we have to fight. We are all shapes, all colors, all ethnicities, and also sexual orientations. Today is truly a day to be proud. On this special day, Chitownstarconnections salutes the women of prime time who are our heroes, our role models, our sisters.
Stana Katic as Captain Kate Beckett from “Castle”
Kate Beckett has spent her life trying to fight for justice. She became a cop to get justice for her mother’s murder. She is the hot cop with the gun who has risen through the ranks to become a captain in the NYPD. On the way she has been tortured, shot, and found the love of her life, Richard or as she calls him “Castle”
Julianna Marguilies as Alicia Flores on “The Good Wife”
Alicia had the perfect life and a model politician for a husband. That is until her husband was framed in a sex scandal. Her life was turned upside down. She was now the breadwinner for her family while her husband was sitting in prison. After many years, she took her law degree and went back to work at a prestigious law firm in Chicago. She stood by her man despite these setbacks and continued to support him in an unsuccessful run for the Presidency.
Ellen Pompeo as Dr Meredith Grey on “Grey’s Anatomy”
For twelve seasons, Meredith Grey has traveled a journey that began when she met her new boss in a bar and slept with him. But on this journey, she has learned a lot and finally healed from her toxic childhood and gained a new family filled with sisters, brothers, children, and a husband. Meredith will never be alone and she will have the love around her forever . She is truly a survivor for everything she has went through.
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on “Scandal”
Olivia is one of the world’s best fixers. She has created a President, solved the problems of dictators and queens, but she can’t fix her biggest problem, her life. She has survived kidnappers and lived to tell the tale. Her parents have proven to be her biggest enemies and have definitely left a trail of damage in their wake. Someone needs to teach her how to love but the problem is there is a man who is willing to show her, but she is too blind to see it. He has definitely moved on, let’s hope its not too late for this woman.
Taraji P Henson as Loretha “Cookie” Lyons on “Empire”
Cookie was raised on the mean streets of the ghetto. She sold drugs and then met her soul mate, Lucious. The two married , had three sons, and then Cookie took the fall for her man and was sentenced for 17 years to prison. Recently she was paroled and returned to take her own piece of the “Empire” .
Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as Max Black and Caroline Channing on “Two Broke Girls”
These two girls prove that you can be strong without shooting a gun or yelling at the President. Caroline was an heiress who lost it all and then she found Max who showed her how to survive. Max has lived a hard knock life and the two are a modern “Laverne and Shirley”. With Max’s cupcakes and Caroline’s business savvy, these girls try daily to make all their dreams come true.
Sandra Oh as Dr Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy”
Yes, Cristina is no longer on the show and we sure could have used her. (For her twisted sister when she lost her husband and and also for her man) But no character has made more of an impression then Yang. Frenemies from day one, the two surgeons have had each other’s back numerous times. Cristina stepped up when Meredith’s husband , Derek , was shot and operated on him while Gary Clark held a gun on her. She is truly a rock star cardio goddess.
Monica Raymund as Gabrielle Dawson on “Chicago Fire”
Gabrielle started out as a paramedic at 51. But she knew that she was destined to be more and then started her course to become a firefighter. With the support of her brother , Antonio and her fellow firefighters, she managed to become a fire fighter . She has survived her partner’s death and a very risky surgery that took her child’s life. At least , she still has her man , Casey.
Chandra Wilson as Dr Miranda Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy”
You have to hand it to Shonda Rhimes, she may create characters that you want to kill her for pairing and torturing, but her characters are definitely endearing and touch the viewer’s heart. This is the reason why two of her series, “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are represented by more than one character here. Miranda was first called “The Nazi” because she wanted to scare her interns. Bailey ended up as their mother and friend and has had all of her babies on her “table’ for various reasons. She gave birth while her ex was in surgery and a bomb was in the hospital. To save her life, she lied to a gunman and said she was a nurse. But she did it for her child, not for selfish reasons. Today, Bailey runs the show as the Chief.
Emily Deschanel as Dr Temperance Bones Brennan Booth on “Bones”
It is the classic love story. Someone is paired up through fate to work with someone . They usually don’t agree or get along. In the course of time, love finally wins and the couple stops fighting their feelings and give in to their passion. Temperance lost her parents as a child and fought finding love. She fought the odds to become a famous anthropologist and become a leading expert in forensic anthropologist. This is when she met her soul mate , Seeley Booth while working on a case. Today the two continue to solve crimes , as well as raise their children together.
Bellamy Young as Senator Mellie Grant on “Scandal”
Some people would argue that this woman was not strong. For twenty some years, she was married to a man just for the sake of power. Her father made a deal with Big Jerry and a political super couple was born.Fitzgerald and Mellie . The union provided the couple with three children. But if you consider what Mellie had to endure , a father who left her mother for another family, a rape from her father in law that left her to question if her son was her husband’s or his brother. One thing endured in the back of her mind, one day she would be the President. Mellie is no longer in her ex husband, Fitz’s shadow. She has made her mark with a historical fillibuster for women’s rights. Now she is on her way to the White House again. But this time she is doing it on her own.
Sophia Bush as Erin Lindsay on “Chicago PD”
Erin is truly a survivor since she grew up on the streets until she was taken in by Hank Voight and his wife. Inspired by Voight, she became a Chicago cop and then a member of the Intelligence unit. Because of her troubled childhood, she had reached out time after time to help other kids in trouble.
Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan on “Scandal”
Abby used to be a victim. She was brought on as a trophy wife to Charles “Chip” Putney for his political career. Charles had one little problem , he liked to beat his wife when angered. Abby had enough and drafted her friend , Olivia to take care of the man. Olivia took her in and made her one of her “gladiators”. Today thanks to her friend, Abby is the voice of the White House and can consider herself fortunate to call the President by his name, Fitz. She has come a long way.
Viola Davis as Professor Analise Keating on “How to Get Away With Murder”
If anyone could be described as bad ass, it would have to be Analise. Fighting poverty and sexual abuse, she left her sad childhood behind to attend Harvard and become a law professor. In the courtroom, she is a shark and she hides as many secrets as cases. She is a mentor to her students and she has brought her students into her complicated life.