'The Bold Type' - My Personal Favourite For Female Empowerment
The Bold Type, teaching you that it is ok to be a strong, savvy woman. With the rise of female empowerment and the hashtag #girlboss, there isn’t a TV show I’d recommend more than Freeforms The Bold Type!
The American, comedy-drama created by Sarah Watson follows the outrageous lives and loves of Jane Sloan (Katie Stevens), Kat Addison (Aisha Dee) and Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy) whilst they work at Scarlet Magazine. The show is inspired by the life of Cosmopolitan editor in chief, Joanna Coles.
What I love about this show is that it doesn't just focus on the petty ups and downs of the main characters. It's an improvement to many teen dramas, as it places an important emphasis on the characters’ careers. It also provokes thoughtful conversations about race, feminism, sexuality and media ethics. Although the characters are self-involved, they are also self-aware. Each of the girls has to tackle their own issues as well as tackling much bigger, widespread topics.
Jane has to ponder the idea of white privilege after she’s turned down by a diversity-seeking newsroom. Kat opens the discussion of labelling herself as the magazine’s first black female department head. Sutton has to fight off against her mothers’ alcoholism. Throughout the 2 series’ the show also tackles large issues including gun violence, the #MeToo movement and immigration, amongst other topics. I think it is important for shows to open discussions about these matters as it allows people to understand them better and encourages the shows audience to go and explore the topic further.
Not only does the show incite conversation, but it aims to empower its audience – it empowers me! Jane, Kat and Sutton continuously fight for what they want, refusing to back down. It shows women supporting each other through everything, which is what we need! It also makes you feel like its ok to not be ok sometimes, the girls get knocked down, but they get straight back up and they continue fighting until they get exactly what they want.
Another character you have to take notice of is editor in chief, Jaqueline Carlyle. She is bold, badass and incredibly supportive. She recognises that you don’t apologize for your actions when you have nothing to be sorry for, when you did your best, when you maybe made someone upset that doesn’t have the same views. Be you, and be bold.
I take so much inspiration from this show, especially for my mantra on how to stay strong
Jaqueline said that and I truly believe it. Its why I will continue progressing through every adversity, because I have the knowledge that its ok to fall apart, in fact you should sometimes – as long as you come back fighting. When things get rough, take a break, fall apart, just remember when you’re done, it’s not time to give up, it’s time to become a badass and conquer!
Watch this clip from the end of episode 1, Jaqueline’s speech, as it sets the benchmark for how the show expects you to feel. It inspires me, so hopefully it inspires you.
I hope you give this show a watch, and I hope it empowers you as much as it does me. If you do watch it, let me know what your thoughts are. Remember, be bold, and be you!
Now go unleash holy hell!
Stay Perfect, Messy People!