Strong female-led shows to watch this International Women’s Day

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Have midterms got you down? In celebration of International Women’s Day, here are a few fantastic shows on Netflix that are perfect to squeeze into your next study break. These wildly popular shows boast a group of powerful female stars, so you can raise a metaphorical glass to the day of women from the comfort of your own bed.

“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

With brilliant, talented writers like Tina Fey and Allison Silverman, you can’t really go wrong. Kimmy Schmidt is played by the delightful Ellie Kemper (who also played Erin on “The Office”), who moves to New York City to start a new life after being held captive by a crazy reverend for many years. Kimmy’s a strong character who maneuvers through life the way she wants — not how everyone expects her to. This is a refreshing sitcom with a lot of heart and a fantastic cast!

“Jessica Jones”

Krysten Ritter is known for many hit roles, including Chloe on “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23” and Jane on “Breaking Bad.” Ritter is perfect as Jessica Jones, in the self-titled series adapted from the Marvel comics. Jessica Jones is a former superhero who decides to open her own detective agency in New York City, dealing with people who also have special abilities. The show masterfully blends together wit, dry humor and great action sequences!

“Orange is the New Black”

Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” OITNB was created for Netflix by Emmy-nominated writer Jenji Kohan. This show follows Piper Chapman, loosely based on Piper Kerman, as she goes from a quiet life in New York to navigating prison life among a cohort of all-female inmates. Starring Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michael Harney, Michelle Hurst, Kate Mulgrew, Jason Biggs, Uzo Aduba and more, this star-studded cast sculpts a turbulent watch that has captivated Netflix-lovers across the world.

“The Crown”

The Crown follows the reign of young Queen Elizabeth II, starring Claire Elizabeth Foy, through her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh, the Suez Crisis and the rise of Margaret Thatcher, among many other fascinating events in the UK’s history. This show has garnered critical acclaim and captured the heart of Netflix audiences with its stunning cinematography, accurate historical retelling and ultra-talented cast. “The Crown” appeals to a wide audience, so check it out today!

“Parks and Recreation”

Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, is one of the most stubbornly optimistic and uplifting characters to grace the television screen — and we love her for it. As Leslie desperately tries to uplift those around her in the small town of Pawnee, Indiana, her attempts to inspire political change elicit delight and laughter while exposing a brilliant political satire. The show has garnered 14 Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe for Poehler’s depiction of Leslie Knope and even swept up the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.

We hope that these show suggestions have you thinking about the powerful women in your life! Happy International Women’s Day from the Clog.

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