12/18/2013 09:14 am ET

Why 2013 Was A Great Year For Women In TV


Maybe someday there will be as many roles for women as there are for men. I dream of that day. I'd especially love to watch more shows about complex, interesting female characters — and I'd be particularly overjoyed if those shows weren't fundamentally about romance or child-rearing. (Nothing wrong with either, but that hardly represents the totality of lived female experiences. Variety is the spice of life!) I'd like to think that day is fast approaching, and this year in television gives me hope: 2013 brought us enough shows, characters, and buzz that I can look around and say "more like this, please." There is still major, major ground to gain, and smashing the patriarchy takes a long time. But maybe we're making some progress.