The Women Who Inspire Us From Shondaland

It’s April and Women’s History Month has ended but that doesn’t mean we should stop being inspired by the incredible women around us. Let’s celebrate women all year long.

The women who inspire us are usually our moms, grandmothers, teachers, or friends. My grandmother immigrated to this country to meet up with my grandfather who was already here. She traveled alone with her young daughters and then they had 11 children. I had teachers who pushed me to be a better writer, a track coach who challenged me by making me captain of the team, and a friend, she is an exceptional artist; they have all inspired me at different times in my life.

Strong female television characters have also been an inspiration to me. Especially the ones on my favorite shows by Shonda Rhimes. She is an American television writer and producer, a storyteller who creates powerful female characters. These women are unbelievably smart, funny, brave, and memorable. I have many favorites. However, there are several who really resonate with me.

Here are five of the most inspiring female characters from Shondaland:

I have been a fan of her first series, Grey’s Anatomy on ABC-TV since its inception. The show introduced us to an amazing cast of women. The women of Grey’s have been single mothers, a drug addict, bisexual, lesbian, and ethnically diverse. Most of them hold top surgical positions in usually male-dominated fields. Two of the most inspiring are its head protagonist, Dr. Meredith Grey and Dr. Miranda Bailey.

1. Meredith Grey

Meredith balances being a single mother of three children and her career as a top-notch surgeon. She has faced many challenges including having a parent with Alzheimers, the sudden death of her husband, and truly more grief than any person could handle. Yet, she remains motivated to keep going. She is never bubbly or fake, is self-proclaimed, “dark and twisty” and I love it. You can trust Meredith will be forthright and act on her convictions. This character is one I turn to for motivation and a reminder to “dance it out” when I start taking life too seriously.

"Don't let fear keep you quiet. You have a voice, so use it. Speak up. Raise your hands. Shout your answers. Make yourself heard. Whatever it takes, just find your voice and when you do, fill the damn silence.” ~Meredith Grey

2. Miranda Bailey

Miranda Bailey is one of the OG characters who’s been on Grey’s Anatomy since the beginning, 17 seasons. Her no nonsense leadership made her feared by the interns, but also drew respect as their mentor. A fan-favorite from day one she is now Chief of Surgery and has evolved into a compassionate, confident, and brilliant surgeon. She has survived a heart attack and learned to manage an OCD diagnosis. If you are lucky enough to call Bailey a friend, you know she will stand by you. Who isn’t inspired by her strength and legacy?

"But at the end of the day, the fact that we show up for each other, in spite of our differences, No matter what we believe, is reason enough to keep believing." ~Miranda Bailey