Very much like the past year’s movies, we are seeing more diversity in television. Not only by race, but specifically, by female roles that are escaping the typical archetype of the damsel in distress, a housewife, or a boring secretary. These days we are seeing stronger, fully developed characters that embody what it means to be a woman. A lot of these female characters are lawyers, doctors, government workers, or even superheroes. Each of them are feminine, complex, and exude the power and self confidence that can make any male (or female!) fall to their knees.
15 Lauren Cohan - The Walking Dead
14 Monica Raymund - Chicago Fire
Monica Raymund is a raven-haired beauty and Florida native. She currently stars in the NBC drama Chicago Fire and played Dana Lodge in CBS’s The Good Wife. Like many actresses on this list she has an extensive theater background. Raymund graduated from the Juilliard School. In 2008 she was featured on Law & Order: SVU. She would later go on to star in the cop drama Lie To Me, playing the role of Maria “Ria” Torres, a young woman who has the ability to detect lies and emotions. In Chicago Fire, Raymund plays Gabriela Dawson, a firefighter and lead paramedic. Nothing says hot more than a woman who is in charge.
13 Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
12 Taraji P. Henson - Empire
11 Mariska Hargitay - Law & Order: SVU
10 A.J. Cook - Criminal Minds
9 Grace Gealey - Empire
8 Caity Lotz - Arrow/DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
7 Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
6 Hayley Atwell - Agent Carter
This sexy gal is known for playing one of Marvel’s favorite agents. Hayley Atwell is a British American actress mostly known for her role as Agent Peggy Carter in the overnight success, Marvel’s Agent Carter. She started her career by starring in Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream in 2007. Atwell first started playing Peggy Carter in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger. That part became her breakthrough Hollywood role. Atwell has continued to play Agent Carter in MCU films like Captain America: Winter Soldier, Ant Man, The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as on TV's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
5 Karla Souza - How To Get Away With Murder
4 Aja Naomi King - How To Get Away With Murder
3 Melissa Benoist - Supergirl
2 Candice Patton - The Flash
Next on our list we have Candice Patton from the CW’s The Flash. She plays Iris West who is the daughter of a New York Police detective and Barry Allen's (aka The Flash) best friend and love interest. You may have also watched her on The Game as Tory. Her career started in soap operas such as the Bold and The Beautiful. Her role as Iris West has earned her much recognition, including a Teen Choice award nomination for breakout star. In 2015, she was number 61 on Maxim’s Hot 100 List. Well deserved, we think!
1 Erin Richards - Gotham
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