I’ve decided to start a new weekly series called Fearless Female Friday. Girls rock, and the more shout outs they get for the awesome things they do, the better. This includes both fictional characters and real wimminz, because either way it is an inspiration for the rest of us.
My very first Fearless Female is Olivia Benson from Law&Order:SVU. This woman is a really kick-ass character, and as the token female on the squad (after Jeffries left in season two), she deals with what is still largely a male-dominated world with strength. Olivia was concieved as the result of a rape, and her mother was a raging alcoholic, and either despite or in spite of this, she is empathetic and caring to the rape survivors she comes into contact with.
What inspired me to shine the spotlight on Olivia Benson was a scene in an episode I was watching yesterday, in which she and her partner had to arrest a fellow cop for rape. The suspect’s partner gets mad, and Olivia calmly looks this guy in the eye and asks him if he is going to get out of her way.
I hope that when I am next faced with a difficult and intimidating person, that I am able to recall this and draw on that strength.