We all know a career woman we admire. There’s just something special about a seeing a Girl Boss do her thing. And when it’s a black woman? Well, that’s just the icing on the cake. We’re believers that representation is everything and there’s something to be said when you’re able to see so many positive examples of black women in business on the big screen and small, past and present. Here are five fictional career women we love.
Joan Clayton, Girlfriends
Joan was a great friend, caring girlfriend, and amazing lawyer. She worked hard from the beginning to make a splash at her law firm. As one of the few female lawyers and a woman of color, it was extremely difficult for her to find her footing at first. However, as the show progressed, you could see Joan resisting confrontation and making her voice heard. Joan proved that it is possible for a woman to succeed in a male-dominated industry, which eventually led for her to make partner at her law firm, at a very young age.
Annalise Keating, How To Get Away With Murder
Annalise Keating, is a powerful lawyer and professor. She is brilliant, passionate, and the person you want on your case if you get into trouble. Throughout the show you can see her running a practice, winning every case (she has yet to lose one on the show), and being a tough professor. Along the way, Keating might have some trouble balancing her personal life, but in the end, it always works out. She is a great example of a black woman doing her thing and we love her for that!
Miranda Bailey, Grey’s Anatomy
A fan favorite, Dr. Miranda Bailey is an intelligent surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital. She started as a resident, learning quickly and slowly making her mark as the best of the best. Dr. Bailey shows that it is possible for a woman to have a thriving career and a personal life. Her hard work ended up paying off when she was named Chief of Surgery in Season 12.
Gina Waters-Payne, Martin
A sweetheart at home but a firecracker in the workplace, Gina is a hardworking woman. Throughout the show, you could find her starting at the bottom as an assistant, and slowly working her way up the public relations ladder.
Jessica Pearson, Suits
One-third of the powerful law firm Pearson-Darby-Specter, Jessica Pearson runs the show. She is a prime example of a black woman who knows how to play the game. Throughout the show you can see her negotiating with clients, interpreting complicated contracts, and leading her team to remain the best law firm in New York City.