International Day of the Girl

The 16 Most Inspiring Female Characters on TV

The 16 Most Inspiring Female Characters on TV
Macall B. Polay/HBO; Kelsey McNeal/ABC; Richard Cartwright/ABC; Greg Gayne/The CW

There is no shortage of fierce females on TV right now. From Olivia Pope—who runs Washington, D.C., on Scandal—to our favorite leading ladies on Game of Thrones—who kick butt across the Seven Kingdoms and beyond—we love seeing so many inspiring female roles on the small screen.

Today marks International Day of the Girl—a worldwide call to action to better the lives of girls through opportunity and leadership—and to celebrate, we've rounded up our favorite female characters on TV that take empowerment to a whole new level.

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