Television today is filled with powerful women. All over your DVR, there are CIA agents, detectives, politicians and other powerful female characters taking control of international incidences and family crises and generally saving the world. These characters all dress in a different way according to their stories, but all present themselves with a strong sense of capability and confidence. These women are powerful through the many faceted area of self presentation: how you speak, walk, dress and all around look and behave. While the women below are fictional, they demonstrate real ideas of how to gain more power and authority in various aspects of your own life. 1. The Queen: Danaerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones
"You have been slaves all your life. Today you are free. Will you fight for me? As free men?"
Danaerys Targaryen, the Queen without a homeland and the Mother of the Dragons, capably maneuvers between cultures to win allegiances. She has a strong sense of morality and chooses to earn allegiances rather than pay for them. Danaerys is also a good example of how you can still be feminine and taken seriously. After overcoming an abusive brother and realizing that she has abilities and power that he never had, Danaerys frees oppressed slaves all over the world.
In the real world, you can still learn from Danaerys's choices. You can overcome your past to change not only your own situation, but the situations of others. Did you struggle with a childhood trauma? Plenty of other kids are going through similar problems today. Reach out and get involved in a charity organization. Use your fuel to create a fire for the kids struggling today. Want to get inspired by Danaerys? Read A Storm of Swords to see Danaerys handle herself capably while amassing an army.
2. The Star: Rayna Jaymes, Nashville
"You can kiss my decision as it's walking out the door."
Rayna Jaymes is a popular country singer who works hard and doesn't care what her label's new management has to say about her. When the label's new head tries to control her and release her album before it's ready, she buys herself out and starts her own label. She is strong, independent and most of all: realistic. She had worries, doubts and fears, but she's brave enough to look past them and do what she thinks is right. Always dressed in glitz and glam for her performances, she could be easily mistaken as all beauty and no brains. Yet, she ensures her voice is heard and uses her business savvy to start her own record label.
Learn from Rayna's choices that you don't have to only do one thing. You can be the talent and the business-mind. You also don't have to go along with what other people insist you must do. You can change the game. Want to get inspired by Rayna? Watch NashvilleSeason 2 Episode: "Tomorrow Never Comes" to see Rayna free herself from the confines of her label.
3. The Gunslinger: Zoe Washburne, Firefly
"Sir, I think you have a problem with your brain being missing."
Zoë is a strong and powerful military woman. She is the right-hand woman of Captain Malcolm Reynolds. Her allegiance is hard-won, but once you have it, she is loyal to the end. After fighting on the losing side of a war, Zoë and Mal took off in a spaceship together and haven't looked back. They amassed a crew to pull off heists and various jobs around the galaxy, but know the difference between right and wrong. Zoë also has a thriving personal life with a dedicated husband and pilot of their ship, Wash. When Mal and Wash are captured and being tortured, Zoë directs her small crew of 6 into a fully armed and staffed space station to retrieve them. Zoë uses her personal judgement and loyal friends to fight fearlessly against stronger enemies.
Today, you can learn from Zoë that you can achieve things that might seem too large or too impossible for you. You just need strength, a good sense of a judgement and the ability to figure out who really deserves your loyalty and who doesn't. Want to get inspired by Zoë? Watch Firefly episode, "War Stories" to see Zoë take down a space station.
4. The Lady: Edith Crawley, Downton Abbey
"Am I to be the maiden aunt? Isn't this what they do? Arrange presents for their prettier relations?"
Lady Edith Crawley has not been lucky by many standards. Constantly considered the least attractive of her sisters and relegated to being 'helpful' rather than 'beautiful' by her mother, Edith never had it easy. After being left at the altar, Edith realized that she couldn't define herself in the same way that women in those days typically defined themselves: by their marriage. So Edith set out, got a job and a fulfilling relationship with a still-married man. Edith redefined the meaning of a successful woman in her time and learned how to make herself happy.
You can use the experiences of Edith to remind yourself that you don't have to live within anyone else's idea of what's right for you. Pick your own path and don't be afraid of telling people what you want. Want to get inspired by Edith? Watch Downton Abbey Season 2's "Episode Seven" to see Edith become a journalist.
5. The Agent: Carrie Mathison, Homeland
"I loved you. If only the circumstances had been wildly different. You're a disgrace to your nation, Sergeant Nicholas Brody. You're a traitor and a terrorist, and now it's time you pay for that."
Any avid Homeland viewer will admit that Carrie Mathison is very flawed. She may not always make the best decisions or choices, but Carrie Mathison is strong and dedicated to her job. Struggling with bipolar disorder, she is constantly not being taken seriously when she has strong hunches and valid ideas. Carrie forces people to listen and doesn't take no for an answer. She goes with her gut and never ignores her own beliefs to follow the rules. It would be very easy to let herself fall into a depression and hide from the world, but she uses her personal problems as drive and she becomes stronger for it.
Just because you struggle with personal problems, doesn't mean all of your ideas and thoughts are invalid. If you think you sound crazy, write your ideas down and look back on them later. You may have a completely different reaction to them after some space. Want to be inspired by Carrie? Watch Homeland Season 2 episode "New Car Smell" to watch Carrie follow her gut.
6. The Fighter: Toph Beifong, Avatar: The Last Airbender
"If you're not tough enough to stop the rock, you could at least give it the pleasure of squishing you instead of jumping out of the way like a jelly-boned wimp!"
Toph Beifong is a blind twelve-year-old forced to stay in her home by her parents who thought her incapable of anything. Stubborn and willful, Toph snuck off to win an elite earth bending tournament and would go on to be considered the best earth bender in the world. She is a powerful, blunt and unyielding character who constantly saves the day. When trapped in a metal box and being forced back to her parents, she used the only resource available to her: metal, to invent a completely new form of bending. After saving the world from the Fire Nation with her small band of friends, she went on to teach metal-bending to other earth benders. Extremely talented, Toph taught herself to wait and listen. Being blind allowed her to focus entirely on sound and touch to become an unrivaled master of her art. Toph's power is unique in that it comes entirely from her attitude and skill. She looks like a helpless blind girl, but she talks serious smack and has no trouble proving that she is capable of anything. Want to be inspired by Toph? Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 2 episode "The Blind Bandit" to see Toph fight her way to the top.
All of the women above offer things we can learn from. While we may not have the superpowers of Toph, the spaceship of Zoe or the Right to Rule of Danaerys, but we do have the ability to control our own lives and our own futures. Draw inspiration from these women and how they gained and maintained power in their own lives to keep control in yours. The keys to all of the successes above are confidence and work ethic. Present yourself with confidence and take a more powerful role in your own life.
What is the source of your power? How does it express itself?
Author: Cameryn Frost