Olivia Pope from "Scandal" is one of the popular characters on television.Facebook/Scandal

International Women's Day, which is also known as International Working Women's Day, will be celebrated worldwide on Sunday, 8 March. 

The event that began as a socio-political movement to spread awareness about the struggles of women is currently celebrated to admire them for their contributions to the society.

Over the years, women across the globe have proved their excellence in every sector and entertainment is among those industries that cannot do away with females.

On this occasion, lets have a look at some of the popular TV shows that portrays strong female characters.


The Showtime series tells the story of America's relationship with the rest of world in 21st century through the eyes of a female CIA officer Carrie Mathison. The character played by Claire Danes goes through several tough situations during her fight against terrorism, but never backs down when it comes to wiping out terrorists from the globe.

Madam Secretary

The CBS drama is said to be about former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and her struggles. The storyline of "Madam Secretary" revolves around the life a CIA officer turned United States Secretary of State,  Elizabeth Faulkner McCord. The character, played by Téa Leoni, is a shrewd and determined officer, who battles office politics, derives international diplomacy and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global as well as domestic issues.


Another television series, which is said to be inspired from a real life personality is ABC's political thriller "Scandal". The Washington, D.C. based crisis manager Olivia Pope is played by Kerry Washington and is partially based on the life of former Deputy Press Secretary of Judy Smith. The character deals with the life of elites and is dedicated to defend and protect their public image.

How to Get Away with Murder

The popular show by Shonda Rhimes on ABC is not just a crime drama but the story of a brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating, who is also a defence attorney. The character, portrayed by Viola Davis, deals with the toughest cases of all times, from fraud and arson to murder. 

The Good Wife

The political series on CBS revolves around the life of a stay-at-home mother turned litigator Alicia Florrick. The character, played by Julianna Margulies, is an inspiration for every woman around the globe, who has been struggling with the wrong doings of her husband. Alicia is not just a "Good Wife" but a smart and intelligent woman, who is very protective of her children.

Orange Is the New Black

The comedy drama portrays the life of American memoirist Piper Kerman and her experiences at a federal prison in New York City. The storyline of Netflix drama is based on her memoir "Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison". The character of Piper Chapman is played by Taylor Schilling.