Oh, teacher, call on me to answer that! Please! Please! I know why TV needs more women. Cuz TV is just like, erm, Mars! Dry, barren, and aching to be regenerated.
Here’s the cheat sheet. Let’s see if I came close:
THE EXPANDING ROLE OF WOMEN IN TELEVISION
by Kathleen Morris
Television hasn’t always been kind to women. Their roles have most often consisted of being two-dimensional space fillers and compliments to the men they shared airtime with. But it seems that things are taking a turn for the better. One indication of this is the amount of shows on-air at this time that have females playing the lead role. Shows like CBS’s Supergirl, ABC’s Scandal and HBO’s Veep. Prime-time television isn’t the only medium showcasing female lead characters who have genuine relatability. Netflix has its own share of original shows that offer that, such as Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and House of Cards. These shows, along with others like them, are changing television, marking a new era of entertainment.
Shows like these are making a point of depicting women as they really are: people who have real complexity, depth and emotions. This is a stark contrast to shows of the past where, on male-dominated screens, the few females featured had little or no character development. This is such an important thing. Television is a staple of American culture, shaping our views and opinions. And whether you choose to watch shows on an actual television, on your laptop, or on your phone, they’re affecting you. Having exposure to these progressive shows can have a good effect on viewers in the long run, helping to bridge the gap between men and women.
That’s not the only benefit of these shows. Women now have people on television who they can better relate to….