“You can’t be what you can’t see.” ― Marian Wright Edelman
Girls and women may enjoy more freedom and privileges now than our female ancestors ever did. But we all still struggle with stereotypes that keep us from reaching our full potential. Society has deeply-embedded beliefs about women that make it difficult to accomplish a lot of things. Whether it is at home, at school, or in the workplace, expectations on women tend to be quite limiting.
The lack of compelling stories and images across different media platforms make it hard for young and adults alike to find female role models. What little coverage there is of women doing great feats is often marred with persisting stereotypes that tend to downplay their accomplishments.
But what if people from around the world, especially girls, start to see women on screen or read about their great feats? It may not be the solution that could change how society’s perception of the so-called “weaker” sex, but it can help children grow up seeing that females can be strong, intelligent, and accomplished as those of another gender.
In Asia where women are traditionally perceived to be subservient, there are signs of changes that challenge how they are portrayed. The entertainment scene has gradually seen women playing roles displaying grit and strength. A growing number of female artists are likewise breaking through barriers that many have not dared before. For fans of Asian films and TV shows, finding a Korean drama with strong female lead is no longer impossible. And with Korean dramas so popular not just in the entire region but across the globe, it is heartwarming to see that no matter how small, there have been inroads in presenting women in a different light.