By George Dowd
After what feels like forever, the entertainment industry has finally answered our cries. Gone are the days of the damsel in distress. Women are at the forefront, where they belong. Here are some of my favourites...
Hannah Horvath - Girls
Hannah is a character that I actually wasn't sure about at first. She's brash, lazy and so narcissistic it hurts. Lena Dunham's portrayal of the character is so on point that it's hard not to love her, especially given her new found maturity. Season five's final episode seemingly showed Hannah is finally getting her life together, and as a fan of the show, I say that it's about time.
Carol Peletier - The Walking Dead
Carol has gone from a glorified extra, to one of the show's biggest characters. Her journey from battered housewife to kick-ass zombie slayer is a true sight to behold, and is executed perfectly by the creative team behind the Walking Dead. Although they've stumbled with some other female characters, they seem to know exactly what to do with Carol.
Clarke Griffin - The 100
Clarke is a prime example of someone who can't catch a break. After a controversial character death last month, she's been left a shell of the girl she was before. With death seemingly striking down everyone she loves, it'll be interesting to see what else the current season throws at her. Given her history, we know she'll come out the other side stronger than ever.
Laurel Lance - Arrow
A battle with alcoholism, the death of her sister and the reappearance of a dead boyfriend are just a handful of things that she's had to deal with during her four season stint on the show. But Laurel has faced each challenge head on, and has channeled all of that emotion into taking on her own superhero persona, Black Canary, at the end of the last season. Watching her suit up for the first time was incredible, and had me actually screaming in my seat.
Kimmy Schmidt - The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Kimmy is a bright jewel in the crown of Netflix. An incredibly funny character that somehow manages to reject any idea of being a victim, even though her friends and family refuse to see her as anything else. In the newly released second season, Kimmy continues her transition from Mole Woman to Queen of our hearts.