By Raquel Geylman
Shonda Rhimes has become a name known in almost every home around the world. Rhimes, who’s the creator of Greys Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and Scandal, is one of the most famous TV show creators the industry has ever seen. Besides being a badass TV creator, she has also recently become an author, publishing the hit book Year of Yes. Rhimes is best known for her incorporation of strong female leads and powerful female characters (especially females of color).
In Rhimes’ Greys Anatomy, most head surgeons are women. Main Character Meredith Grey is the head of general surgery, a position formerly held by another female. Throughout the 13 seasons, Grey goes through many of life’s perils and always triumphs, breaking stereotypes that women may face as working mothers. She has three kids and is still wildly successful in her career. Furthermore, the chief of surgery, Miranda Bailey, is a woman of color, and through her experiences, viewers are able to see what it’s like to be a women of color in charge. In the current season, she’s facing problems with her marriage since her husband works below her.
Moreover, in Rhimes’ other hit television series, How to Get Away with Murder, the main character, Annalise Keating, is one of the strongest woman to have ever graced our television screens. She is a criminal law professor as well as a practicing criminal lawyer who has time and time again fixed everyone’s problems while still trying to keep her life together.
All in all, Rhimes manages to make her characters complex yet relatable, and inspiring to every women who watches her show. She not only depicts struggles that women face every day but also displays the female characters overcoming those struggles and being successful. As a powerful woman of color, Shonda Rhimes likely faced many of the same problems her characters face, putting her own life experiences into the complex development of the characters she creates.