Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we shine a spotlight on strong women who inspire us. Now, this not only includes fictional female characters in geeky media but creators as well. These ladies are a prime example of female empowerment and how crucial it is for youth to have said example to follow.

DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers for the Starz original series Blindspotting

Ashley Jones 

Fast Facts: 

Still of Jasmine Cephas Jones as Ashley Jones in Blindspotting.

Pictured: Jasmine Cephas Jones as Ashley Jones in Blindspotting. Photo courtesy of Starz.

Ashley Jones (Jasmine Cephas Jones) was born and raised in Oakland, California. At the beginning of Blindspotting (the show), Miles (Rafael Casal), Ashley’s partner of 12 years, is arrested for drug possession and promptly incarcerated. Ashley and her son Sean (Atticus Woodward) are forced to move in with Miles’ mother Rainey (Helen Hunt) and his half-sister Trish (Jaylen Barron). 

Unfortunately, Ashley must navigate life as a single parent while Miles is in prison. She incessantly clashes with the sometimes eruptive Trish even as she grows closer to Rainey. Ashley’s friend Janelle (Candace Nicholas-Lippman) returns to the Bay Area after an extended hiatus. To top it all off, Ashley finds an engagement ring concealed among Miles’ personal items. 

Throughout the first season, we see Ashley grapple with the social and racial disparities in our justice system, along with learning to live her day-to-day without Miles. The microaggressions and blatant racism she experiences at her own job at a swanky hotel. And, of course, tackling the monumental task of telling Sean his dad isn’t coming home. 

Ashley and Miles are wed in a short ceremony officiated by Trish before he’s transferred out of Oakland County in the season finale. Ashley discovers that her friend Earl (Benjamin Earl Turner) was arrested after inadvertently violating his probation in the same episode. 

The Real Deal: 

Ashley is the real deal. She’s immensely courageous and a fortress of strength for her son. It’s not easy being a single parent, especially when your partner’s in jail. Ashley overcomes the challenge of disclosing the truth to Sean. She’s an incredibly loyal friend who loves with all of her heart. She would gladly fall on her sword to protect her family. Ashley’s clever and resourceful.

While she tries to remain strong for her son, Ashley still allows herself those moments of vulnerability to fully feel what she’s feeling. To me, Ashley epitomizes a true warrior’s spirit. She also doesn’t let people walk all over her. 

Why She Matters: 

Still of Jasmine Cephas Jones as Ashley Jones and Helen Hunt as Rainey in Blindspotting.

Pictured: Jasmine Cephas Jones and Helen Hunt in Blindspotting. Photo courtesy of Starz.

Why does she matter? Ashley is a multifaceted and beautifully portrayed Black woman on a TV series. Despite what the media tells us, Black women can be strong and soft. Quiet and loud. They contain multitudes. Ashley’s a kickass mother tasked with the hard job of exposing her young son to the unjust law system, one that caters to white folks, and she rises to the occasion. 

So, be like Ashley Jones. Love with all of your heart. Don’t take sh*t from anyone. Keep your loved ones safe, but also protect yourself. Take everything one step at a time. Remember how badass you really are. Oh, and don’t be afraid to vandalize a racist white couple’s hotel room. They 100 percent deserve it. 

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