Growing up, I looked up to cultural icons like Kim Possible, Raven, the Cheetah Girls. All the girl power icons of the early 2000’s. It felt nice to have girl role models when I was little, even if the girls themselves were fictional characters.
The power of the stories of fictional characters, I feel, is as impactful as the power of the stories of real people. The shows these characters are in allowed me to escape to a fictional world. I always thought of how I could implement lessons I learned through these shows into my everyday life. As I got older, I found it harder to find shows that I could connect to like I did when I was younger. That was until recently.
Recently I became a huge fan of the show “The Bold Type” on Freeform. The show follows three women, Jane, Kat, and Sutton, who work for this realities version of Cosmo magazine. They tackle a variety of issues, both culturally and personally, that many millennial women can relate to. As a 19-year-old women I appreciate having a show like “The Bold Type” that I can look up to.
Not only can I look up to this show but I can learn from this show. My best example comes from last week’s episode. During last week’s episode of “The Bold Type,” Sutton was trying to find a way to maintain her livelihood while taking on a new job that had a lower salary and fewer perks from another position she was leaving in the same company. Jane and Kat worked to empower Sutton to be asked to be compensated for her worth by her new employer. In the end, Sutton gave the perfect example of a pitch to give to an employer when requesting a higher salary or more perks.
Examples like this are why I encourage every millennial female to watch this show. The empowerment they can feel by watching the journeys of these three women are invaluable lessons. I can only hope that the future holds more shows like “The Bold Type.”