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Growing up as a very independent child, I always sought TV that could inspire and empower me to become a fierce and confident young woman. I found that many TV shows didn't have strong and self-sufficient girls and women who could do anything they wanted. As soon as I found a female TV character who was more than just a pretty face or a sidekick, I perked at seeing a young woman do whatever she wanted — and succeed.

I've created a list to honor the fictional women of TV who left an indelible mark on my childhood. Perhaps they made a similar impression on you, too. So without further ado, these are all the iconic and empowering ladies of TV past and present that will inspire you to be the best, most kickass, version of yourself every damn day.