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 Apple TV’s Ted Lasso.

Rebecca Welton

Fast Facts:

A still from Ted Lasso of Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) smiliing. She is seated at a desk in a high white chair and wearing a navy blue dress

Hannah Waddingham in “Ted Lasso” season two.

Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham) introduction is complicated: her first scene (the first scene of the entire show!) is her taking the Richmond Football Club reins after separating from her cheating husband and kicking their misogynist former coach to the curb. By the end of the episode, however, she’s established squarely as a villain. She only brought Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) on to destroy the only thing her ex ever truly loved by humiliating Richmond.

But of course, Rebecca comes around. Underneath her prickly “villainous” exterior is an empathetic and sincere person. In one of the first season’s most touching moments, she helps and comforts Ted as he has an anxiety attack. Eventually, she grows enough to realize she’s doing the wrong thing, apologizes to Ted for the harm she’s done and becomes Richmond’s number one fan.

In season two, Rebecca has genuinely befriended multiple members of the Richmond team and even started dating. When she truly comes out of her shell is when we love her the most.

The Real Deal:

Rebecca Welton is the real deal. She’s first and foremost a literal boss, overseeing Richmond with both might and heart (once she stops trying to sabotage them). While it’s hard to be entirely on her side early on, it’s also not hard to root for what she’s ultimately trying to accomplish: revenge against her horrible ex. We watch Rebecca grow over time. She even goes from insulting her one-time minion Higgins (Jeremy Swift), to genuinely becoming his friend. Rebecca also sincerely apologizes to those she’s hurt without minimizing the damages she may have caused.

Her friendship with Keeley (Juno Temple) is beautifully realized too, something I’m sure she never thought was possible, even though Keeley’s first reaction to her is “That Rebecca is an intimidating very tall woman.”

Rebecca is also incredibly generous. She distributes incredible Christmas gifts to children in need and takes care of her friends when they need her. She helps Nate improve his confidence by showing him the terrifying giant-bird maneuver she uses to psych herself up. 

Why She Matters:

Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple and Ellie Taylor in Ted Lasso. All three are dressed in black, near church pews and laughing

Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple and Ellie Taylor in “Ted Lasso” season two.

So, why does Rebecca matter? There’s clearly so much more to her than just a powerful wardrobe and impressive job. While she starts out as a bit of an ice queen, that’s not where she ends up. She grows to have friends and romance and she sings a mean Let It Go.

Rebecca defies the traditional career woman stereotype we so often see; she has both a career she loves and growing happiness. She gives viewers a new take on what it means to be a strong woman. To show a woman on tv with power who is thriving in several areas of her personal life is refreshing. 

So, be like Rebecca Welton. Stand up for yourself, but admit your wrong decisions and choose to do better. I can’t wait to see where Rebecca’s story and growth go in the rest of Ted Lasso season two and beyond.

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