23 Feminist Shows On Netflix That Will Inspire You

by Ashley Rey
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You've been to the marches and rallies, and you've even become more socially aware in your regular life. So, what should budding feminists do during their down time? You should definitely watch some of the best feminist tv shows on Netflix, that's what. Trust me. It's OK to put down your Audre Lorde book of essays for a second. Speaking from my personal experience, there's just something about watching shows with strong female leads that motivate me beyond measure. And because I'm hoping to get you motivated as well, I've rounded up some of the best feminist shows to watch out for on Netflix.

You may have heard of a few of them, but most of them I'm sure plenty will be new discoveries. And before you ask, I totally didn't include some of the more well-known feminist fare, like Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and Grey's Anatomy' in the list on purpose. While I love me some Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope, these ladies are known far and wide for being amazing forces on TV already. This particular list is to help you fall in love with characters you've never met before, or shows you never expected to watch.


'Grace and Frankie'

Put Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin together, and you have one awesome feminist duo.


'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

She's weird, but she has a heart of gold and a can-do attitude.


'Lady Dynamite'

In this series, Maria is starting over, and learning some very valuable, and hilarious, life lessons along the way.


'Chewing Gum'

This Michaela Cole creation is not one to be missed.


'Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce'

Divorce is definitely tough, but these ladies make it look oh so entertaining.


'Call The Midwife'

If you want a good cry, and to leave every episode feeling like there's some kind of hope for world peace — Call The Midwife is the show for you.


'The Crown'

I'm sure they totally didn't say "you go girl" in the U.K. in the 1940's, but I can't help but let a few of them slip as I watch young Queen Elizabeth II handle her business.


'One Day At A Time'

She's a divorcee, single mom, and war vet turned nurse. And she'll inspire you to keep pressing on no matter you're going through.



This anthology series is all about navigating relationships, and it has some pretty awesome, strong female leads, too.


'Garfunkel and Oates'

I'm praying for the day when this comedy-folk group brings their series back to IFC. But until then, I'll just continue to binge the first season over and over.



Cristela's ambition may seem a bit childish to everyone around her, but she knows she's going far.


'Young & Hungry'

Gabi is an undeniable hot mess, but I can't help but root for her. And you won't be able to resist, either.



Two words: Oprah. Winfrey.

And the show itself is amazing, too.



Chelsea Handler gives "talk show" a whole new meaning with this Netflix creation.


'Haters Back Off'

In this comedy, Miranda is on a quest to be the next YouTube sensation. And she's going to make it whether you think she should, or not.


'Fuller House'

DJ Tanner is all grown up, and raising her family like a boss — dad, Joey and Uncle Jesse included.


'Crazy Head'

Follow these demon-fighting baddies on their quest to save the world.


'Being Mary Jane'

She's a lot to deal with, but there's a piece of Mary Jane Paul in all of us.


'Marvel's Jessica Jones'

Because, what's a list of feminist inspirations without Jessica Jones?


'Inside British Vogue'

Watch in awe as the leading ladies of the magazine industry pull together the coveted Vogue fashion bibles.



Celia Cruz is everything, and her biographical series will make you just as obsessed with her as I am.


'Chasing Life'

Freeform totally needs to bring this inspirational tale back. Like, yesterday.


'Sensitive Skin'

This Kim Cattrall series is giving us a taste of what a mid-life crisis is like.

You'll laugh, you'll cry — but, more importantly, you'll get to know the stories of some really dope women, and observe as they try to overcome relatable obstacles in these feminist TV shows.