1. April Carver
From the moment her uncle uttered the word Cancer, April’s been Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” and Kelly Clarkson's “Stronger.” Even without her cancer diagnose, April would have made this list. When we met her, she talked her way into a blood drive to get the story. "A little setback" like cancer has not stopped April. It’s refreshing to watch a young woman focus unapologetically on her career. We might be drawing Leo and April forever on our notebooks, but the line we really cheer for is her byline.
2. Jane Rodriguez
I already wrote about how I think we all should be #JustLikeJane. In tennis, people always say you play better against a better player. Somehow your play just rises to the occasion. Jane is like an expert level tennis player surrounded by mediocre ones. She makes everyone around her better simply by being herself and that is nothing short of inspiring.
3. Cookie Lyons
Sure, dealing drugs is bad, but everything else Cookie does seem so good. It is a good thing she kept Lucious’ last name because she is a lioness especially when it comes to protecting her family. She can give a speech to stuffy Wallstreet investors and outdrink a bunch of gangster rappers. The question really is…is there anything Cookie can’t do?
4. Peggy Carter
The chick is a freaking SPY in a time when women were told the only things they should be listening into were their husbands’ dinner orders. She is stronger and more independent than most modern women on television with half the rights. For some weird reason, the 1940's characters didn’t hear me yelling at the TV, “It was Peggy!” when the government gave all the credit to Thompson for saving the city. Peggy doesn’t need my useless screaming defense, though, because she already knows she was Badass B.
5. Felicity Smoak
Barry might literally run circles around her, Oliver can kill himself on the salmon latter (shirtless please) and Ray can fly around in his suit, but the real strength behind these heroes sits in an office chair behind her beloved computers. She’ll never strap on a mask (eyeholes are confusing) or fight on the streets, but she’s a hero. Maybe the greatest of them all because Felicity ‘s moral code is the constant in this journey, making her the guiding light. I mean you've seen the light every time #Olicity kiss, right?
6./ 7. Stef and Lena Foster
Life never seemed to give the Foster kids much of a break until they met Stef and Lena. If you are lucky, you get one amazing mom, and after heartbreaking backgrounds, the Foster kids now get two. Independently these ladies are strong but together, they are force of nature.
8. Olivia Pope
Somewhere last season in the love triangles, we lost Olivia a bit. Then she got kidnapped and, although taking Olivia away from the best wardrobe on television is a crime against humanity, it did give us back Olivia. She is the original gladiator who saves herself every time. Whether you are #TeamJake or #TeamFitz, the winning team will always be #TeamOlivia.