Top 10 groundbreaking female politicians in popular culture

Top 10 groundbreaking female politicians in popular culture

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With the fever of the upcoming election for the presidency of the United States and Hillary Clinton being one of the nominees, there is room for a lot of reflection on the issue of female figures in politics. Here’s a list – published on Flavorwire – of fictional TV and film characters who propelled the idea of women in politics – some of them way before it was a fact in real life:

  1. President Mackenzie Allen (Geena Davis) in Commander in Chief: Her election as president after the former president’s death was criticized, as well as it being an advertisement for Clinton’s campaign.
  2. Senator Laine Billings Hanson (Joan Allen) in The ContenderThis 2000 film focuses on a scandal surrounding a vice presidential nominee and foresees somehow the disproportionate personal scrutiny that female candidates undergo, as opposed to their male counterparts.
  3. President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) in 24This pioneering Republican president was well-received by fans of the show in seasons 7 and 8.
  4. Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) in ScandalEven if she is not an elected official, Olivia Pope still has the influence to decide elections and federal policy in a world where lines of gender, race, and sexuality are constantly crossed.
  5. President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard) in State of AffairsWoodard has a memorable role as a black female president.
  6. Vice President/President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) in VeepDreyfus plays the ruthless, unprincipled, incompetent, hilarious female politician.
  7. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) in Parks and Recreation: She might be idealistic or naive at times, but she is devoted to the public service and loves her job.
  8. Alicia Florrick (Julianna Marguiles) in The Good Wife: She has an amazingly fulfilling legal and political career and gender does not stop her from being a badass.
  9. Elaine Barrish (Sigourney Weaver) in Political Animals: She plays a divorced former First Lady and Secretary of State juggling a complicated career and troubling family life.
  10. President Elizabeth Lanford (Sela Ward) in Independence Day: ResurgenceThis is an upcoming film and it looks like the future shows a fearless female president.
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Caroline Parker has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Bucharest. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in the same field. She specializes in gender issues, ethnic minorities, and has a passion for literature, but she loves to find out more about any subject she comes across. When she is not busy with her studies, she is attending conferences, seeing plays which deal with contemporary issues in society, traveling, taking photos for her Instagram account, and watching beauty related vlogs. She aims to become a published writer and to pursue a Ph.D. is the field of gender studies.

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