Many from misogynistic worlds, these ladies are prime examples of strength, confidence, and a blind belief in yourself. They stand their ground, they know what they're worth, and they're not going to let anyone get in the way of that.
Peggy Carter, for example, actually said, "I know my value. Anyone else's opinion doesn't really matter."
She's number one on this list because Peggy sets an example for everyone to follow and it's necessary to show that she wasn't from the present day; Peggy existed after World War II, when the men came home and tried to take everything back from the women that had to stand up and fill in while the men were fighting.
Below, here are 17 women that have faced unlikely odds, been pressured into giving up their beliefs in the world or themselves, yet they stood strong and conquered.
Agent Peggy Carter - Marvel's Agent Carter
Peggy stood her ground in the 1940s, during a time when men thought of women as things to be owned rather than actual human beings that were / are capable of just as much, if not more. This falls especially true at the S.S.R., where Peggy worked tirelessly to save the country and the world, even knowing when to stand down to her much less qualified cohorts.
Emily Prentiss - Criminal Minds
Emily's time on Criminal Minds has been bumpy. She's come and gone many times, but her new role as the Unit Chief in Season 12 has really brought out the best in her. She finally has the ultimate say in what the team does, and where they go, and having this power and not taking advantage of it or losing control of it has shown that Emily can get anything she believes in. Just like her team will take down any killer.
Cat Grant - Supergirl
Let's face it, don't we all wish we had the confidence of Cat Grant? She believes in herself and her abilities to the extreme, and she always follows through with what she promises. Her confidence is admirable, and it's no wonder that she built a company from the ground up and became such a success with her wit.
Emma Swan - Once Upon a Time
Emma came to Storybrooke not knowing who she is, who her family is, or basically anything except for what had happened in her life. Through Henry discovering her, Emma has grown to be an unstoppable force, and not just because she's "the Chosen One." Her stubbornness aids her confidence, so when she believes in something, there's no one that can get in her way.
Jessica Jones - Marvel's Jessica Jones
Jessica went through hell in her life, yet she still came out on the other side stronger and more determined than ever. She knows what is right, and she knows what she wants to do, and while those things may clash sometimes, Jessica takes no crap from anyone and it's really an admirable trait, until she gets herself in trouble.
Rayna Jaymes - Nashville
Though Rayna may have recently past, her memory and spirit live in Nashville forever. She opened doors for stars like Juliette Barnes to come in and behave as they did, because Rayna showed her strength and confidence through the courage she used during many hurdles of her life. She will be missed dearly.