Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m fairly certain this has been the longest three years of my life, and it’s only March. It’s easy to plunge into the melancholic abyss when your daily routine takes a turn for the dismal. Thankfully, we’re resilient creatures. We’ll weather the storm and then some. However, I think it’s vital to absorb all the positive energy we can. If we can maintain an upbeat mindset while still exercising an abundance of caution, then the other side will appear sooner than we think. 

So, in honor of Women’s History Month and in the spirit of good ol’ positive thinking, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite quotes from female TV characters. Naturally, this list is entirely subjective. Think of it as an addendum to International Women’s Day 2020

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Buffy Summers

So here’s the part where you make a choice. What if you could have that power, now? In every generation, one Slayer is born, because a bunch of men who died thousands of years ago made up that rule. They were powerful men. [points to Willow] This woman… is more powerful than all of them combined. So I say we change the rule. I say my power… should be our power. Tomorrow, Willow will use the essence of the Scythe to change our destiny. From now on, every girl in the world who might be a Slayer, will be a Slayer. Every girl who could have the power, will have the power, can stand up, will stand up. Slayers… every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the embodiment of female power. Sunnydale’s sassiest Slayer, Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), was put through the ringer during her tenure as the Chosen One. In Season 7, Buffy’s immense abilities were passed on to multiple girls across the globe. Every woman could potentially be a Slayer. Buffy urged her group of warriors to be strong, and it’s a message that still resonates 17 years later. 

Agent Peggy Carter

I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.

Now, Agent Carter was a series that was cancelled in its prime. Season 1 was a strong start, but Season 2 took the wheels off. We never got to see Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) build S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up. Anyway, this quote from the first season packs quite the punch, especially for a female in the 1940s. We should all celebrate our value and worthiness as human beings. Revel in it. Value yourself, first and foremost. Everyone else can fork off. 

Still of Shohreh Aghdashloo in The Expanse

Chrisjen Avasarala

Never listen to what people say. Just watch what they do. 

The Expanse‘s Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) is a formidable presence in Amazon Prime’s space opera. Her candor and blatant honesty may come off as brusque, but I find it refreshing. Especially since Avasarala thrives in the world of politics. She understands that, as Ned Stark would say, “words are wind.” They’re hollow unless there’s action to back them. Politicians have a knack for saying one thing and doing the opposite, just as people outside that field do. As the old adage reminds us, “actions speak louder than words.” 

Margo Hanson 

You better learn to smile and shut up ’cause the second you’re you…the second I’m loud, pissed off, it’s ‘what a b*tch.’ ‘What a slut.’ ‘Who the f*ck does she think she is?’ I’m a king. Not a goddamn princess. A king. I’m still a king. King of manipulation; king of pointless rage. King of ‘I can’t do this’; king of ‘he was right’…king of ‘I eventually f*ck up everything.’

Margo Hanson (Summer Bishil) is, without question, my favorite character on The Magicians. If anyone peruses articles on here centered around Margo, just know they’re most likely penned by yours truly. Her depths are limitless, and her clear flaws are a reminder that we’re all of us imperfect. The above quote is from the musical episode in Season 4, which shone a spotlight on Margo. It’s so relevant to how women feel in contemporary society – we can’t express rage without being labeled as a “b*tch.” We can’t take control without “bossy” getting thrown our way. It’s a fine line to tread. And oh so relatable. 

Still of Dominique Provost-Chalkley in Wynonna Earp

Waverly Earp 

I’m here, and I stay and I love them back and I never, never, never give up on them.

Sweet Waverly Earp (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) found herself, in this particular Wynonna Earp episode, being ignored by her loved ones. Waverly was incessantly taunted by a demon, who attempted to convince her that she was unlovable. Thankfully, Waves knew Team Black Badge loved her unconditionally. Her words are a beacon of strength – a reminder that we’re present and we’re not going anywhere. Encouragement for us to stay on this planet for ourselves and our loved ones. 

Daenerys Targaryen 

I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel. 

Now, Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) ending in Game of Thrones still irks me almost a year after the finale aired. She spent so much time being this bastion of female empowerment, only to succumb to supposedly hereditary madness a la her father Aerys. Anyway, every Game of Thrones fan knows this quote. It’s simple yet effective. Dany’s pilgrimage in Essos was all about amassing an army and freeing the slaves. But, the aforementioned quote can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Today, we can all be “wheel breakers.” Step outside of the box. Right wrongs. We can change the world. 

Still of Stephanie Beatriz in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Rosa Diaz

I’m not straight – I’m bisexual. And I don’t care what you think about it!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is like a heaping plate of comfort food – the perfect remedy to soothe a troubled soul. Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) came out to her parents as bisexual, but unfortunately they had a difficult time accepting her for who she is. Her father dubbed her sexuality as “a phase.” Rosa’s above declaration is not something you see on network television. It’s a breath of fresh air. Not only that, but LGBTQIA+ representation is still an uphill battle. Rosa’s presence definitely alleviates some of that pressure. In addition, it’s a keen reminder for us all to just be ourselves. Live freely and uninhibited. 

Kara Thrace

Outside the box is where I live. 

Ah, Battlestar Galactica! A series I could re-watch countless times and never tire of it. Kara Thrace (Katee Sackhoff) is, to some, a loose cannon. Rough around the edges. Tough to control. But, she just likes living outside of the box! We should all rip a page out of Starbuck’s book. Color outside the lines. March to the beat of your drum. Everyone else’s is off beat anyway. Insert more cliches here! 

Leia Organa

Hope is like the sun. If you only believe in it when you can see it, you’ll never make it through the night. 

Needless to say, Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) is a vital organ in the Star Wars body of work. She epitomizes hope in the darkest of circumstances. I knew this quote would become one of my favorites the first time I heard it. It’s about believing in things you can’t see. If you only believe what you can see, then your imaginative scope is quite narrow. Sometimes we have to hold fast to the invisible in order to make it through the night.

Still of Freema Agyeman in Doctor Who

Martha Jones

I spent a lot of time with you, thinking I was second best. But you know what? I am good.

Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) is severely underrated in my humble opinion. Her stint on Doctor Who mostly consisted of her pining for the Doctor. Even though she herself is a medical doctor and she kicks ass in her own right! The above quote is crucial – it’s a lesson in placing your value in other people. I’m still trying to grapple with it. Martha sought after the Doctor’s affection, but she failed to see her self-worth. “I am good” is Martha realizing that, sans the Doctor, she really is worthy as a person all on her own. 

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What are some of your favorite quotes from female TV characters? Sound off in the comments below!


This was originally published on 3/23/20

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