International Women's Day: Trailblazing TV Stars!

Celebrating Simone Missick, Christine Baranski, Candice Patton, Lucy Liu,and more wonder women on International Women's Day on March 8.

Photo Credit: (L-R) Jeff Lipsky, Christopher Ross (2), Ruven Afanador.

March 8 is International Women's Day, but these fierce and fabulous actresses deserve recognition every day. They're breaking new ground—and breaking glass ceilings.

By Nate Millado

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Candice Patton

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Candice Patton of The Flash looks radiant in Jamaica.

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The Flash star Candice Patton plays reporter Iris West—originally white in the comics but reimagined as African-American for The CW superhero series. The outspoken Texan tells E! News that she relishes portraying a character who's always "fighting for what is right," something Patton does IRL. She's been using her platform to better Black representation in Hollywood—whether it's Iris embracing more natural hairstyles or Patton calling for lighting teams that know how to properly work with Black skin. "I've never been a person who could keep my mouth shut for too long, especially when it comes to injustice."

Watch The Flash on The CW. Watch free next day on CWTV.com and The CW app.

Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski in a pink pantsuit

Christine Baranski fights The Good Fight.

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Christine Baranski has played sharp-witted legal eagle Diane Lockhart for more than a decade on The Good Wife and The Good Fight . From her May/June 2020 cover story for Watch magazine: "For more than 40 years, the Juilliard-trained actress has been a consummately versatile, self-assured pro, elevating musicals, stage dramas, and film and television roles in the course of amassing a resumé as lengthy as her famously long legs. Among her many awards, she counts two Tonys and an Emmy (and 15 Emmy nominations)."

Stream The Good Fight exclusively on Paramount+.

Folake Olowofoyeku

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Folake Olowofoyeku flashes her gorgeous gap-tooth grin.

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Folake Olowofoyeku is named for Folake Solanke, Nigeria's first female Senior Advocate.

From the January/February 2021 issue of Watch magazine: "Though the actor/musician veered away from the political ambitions her parents harbored for her, she, too, is a woman of firsts. One half of the romantic pair in Bob ❤️Abishola, she brings gravity, grace, and a sly smile to the first American TV show to spotlight a Nigerian family."

Bob ❤️ Abishola airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Stream anytime on Paramount+.

Kaitlyn Dever

Kaitlyn Dever wears a floral jacket during a garden photo shoot

Kaitlyn Dever poses for a portrait.

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Kaitlyn Dever delivers an Unbelievable performance as sexual assault survivor Marie Adler. At just 24 years old, Dever has already worked with such mighty women as directors Kathryn Bigelow and Olivia Wilde, and alongside such acclaimed actresses including Emma Thompson, Olivia Colman, Jennifer Garner, and Toni Collette. "The one through line is that they're just doing it. They're not complaining; they're not holding back," Dever tells Watch in our May/June 2020 issue. "They're doing everything with determination and confidence. And I think confidence is one of the most infectious things in the world. To be around people with a work ethic, who say what they want and just get it done—what's better than that?"

Stream Unbelievable on Netflix.

Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes

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Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes look retro-chic.

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Lili Reinhart was "completely honored" to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan alongside Camila Mendes in February 2018. But when the Philippines edition of Cosmo appeared to digitally alter the Riverdale stars' waists, Reinhart hit back at the mag on her Instagram stories: "It's sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down. But Camila and I are f—cking beautiful. As is. And you can't 'fix' us." Mic drop!

Watch new episodes of Riverdale on The CW. Stream free next day on CWTV.com and The CW app.

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu poses in a restaurant booth in a dramatic burgundy hat

Lucy Liu of Why Women Kill always kills it.

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Why Women Kill star Lucy Liu paved the way for minority actresses—by demanding a seat at the table. "For me, I knew there was a bigger picture, and I don't know if I would accept no for an answer," Liu told Forbes. "I'm very persistent and a very curious person. So, every chance I got, I would go in there and prove—yes, maybe this is not what you were looking for originally, but there's a different way to look at it." Liu is the first Asian-American actress to score Primetime Emmy and SAG noms, the first to host Saturday Night Live, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019—with fellow Charlie's Angels stars Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz.

Stream Why Women Kill exclusively on Paramount+.

Simone Missick

Simone Missick models oversize sunglasses and hoop earrings

All Rise star Simone Missick rules the court, and couture!

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Judge Lola Carmichael has earned the nickname "Lolacoaster" on All Rise because "nobody knows where the ride is taking us." The same can be said about Simone Missick, who takes us on a ride every week with her portrayal of Lola. "This is a woman who's strong and capable, yet flawed and clumsy," Missick tells Watch in her November-December 2019 cover story.

Stream every episode of All Rise on Paramount+.

Annie Murphy

Annie Murphy poses in a tub wearing pink bunny slipper heels and a ruffled pink jacket

Annie Murphy is pretty in pink.

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There's more to Annie Murphy than just a catchy reality-show theme song—although good luck getting "A Little Bit Alexis" outta your head! The Emmy-winning Schitt's Creek star traveled to Jordan as an ambassador for CARE Canada, which helps women and girls in developing countries raise themselves out of poverty and crisis.

Schitt's Creek streams on the Pop Now app, plus Netflix and CW Seed.

The women of "The Talk"

The Talk co-hosts

Elaine Welteroth, Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and Amanda Kloots are The Talk of CBS Daytime.

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The ladies of the 11-time (!) Emmy-winning The Talk on CBS Daytime—Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Carrie Ann Inaba, Amanda Kloots, and Elaine Welteroth—always give viewers something to talk about, whether it's current events and daily trends, pop culture and celebrity, or family and friendships.

Watch The Talk Weekdays on CBS and Paramount+.

Queen Latifah

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Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall.

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"Black women have been equalizing for years and years," The Equalizer's Queen Latifah tells TV Line. "From Hatshepsut to Stacey Abrams to Kamala Harris, to my mother and my grandmother, seeing a Black woman equalize is not a new thing to me. Seeing it on network TV once every week? That may be a little newer. We don't see that quite as frequently, and I think we need to see more of it, if anything."

Watch The Equalizer on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Melissa Benoist

Melissa Benoist in a shimmery top and red skirt

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's the absolutely super Melissa Benoist.

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Melissa Benoist will soon be flying back to our TV screens one last time as Supergirl on The CW. But not before paying tribute to the role that put her on the map. She writes on Instagram:

"To say it has been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement. Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless.

"She's had that impact on me, too. She's taught me strength I didn't know I had, to find hope in the darkest of places, and that we are stronger when we're united. What she stands for pushes all of us to be better. She has changed my life for the better, and I'm forever grateful."

The final season of Supergirl returns Tuesday, August 24, on The CW. Watch free next day on CWTV.com and The CW app.

Annaleigh Ashford

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Annaleigh Ashford plays Gina on the CBS sitcom B Positive.

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Annaleigh Ashford is a hoot as a kooky kidney donor on B Positive, but did you know this Tony-winning actress also boasts some serious pipes? In 2007, Ashford made a splash on the Great White Way as ditzy sorority sister Margot in Legally Blonde, her Broadway debut. Ever since, she's had standout performances in Hair, Rent, Kinky Boots, Wicked, and Sunday in the Park with George opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.

Watch B Positive on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Tichina Arnold

Tichina Arnold in a white gown and matching jewelry

Tichina Arnold looks ethereal in Balenciaga.

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Tichina Arnold's socially conscious sitcom The Neighborhood doesn't shy away from timely issues, like racial injustice. She tells Watch: "Sometimes when the truth is told, it's uncomfortable. This is part of change. It's a natural human instinct; you don't want to be uncomfortable. But it's what we do with our being uncomfortable. I'm happy that we have a platform. We deal with real topics. This is not fantasy. I think it's wonderful we've tapped into Black Lives Matter. Just add 'too' behind it. We matter, too. For me to be on a show that's on CBS, and CBS is able to say Black lives matter, that's change. And it's change for the better."

The Neighborhood airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

Daniela Ruah

Daniela Ruah in a red gown

The lady in red: Daniela Ruah of NCIS: Los Angeles.

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"I'm always competitive, but if I didn't win fair and square, I didn't win. And I want to win if I'm genuinely better than my competitor." —Daniela Ruah of NCIS: Los Angeles tells Watch.

Watch NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Perdita Weeks

Perdita Weeks poses for a portrait

Perdita Weeks plays Juliet Higgins on Magnum P.I.

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This ain't your dad's P.I.! Perdita Weeks' majordomo majorly kicks butt, and Juliet Higgins is no damsel in distress—she's often the one saving Magnum (Jay Hernandez)!

Watch Magnum P.I. Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Javicia Leslie

Javicia Leslie in a glam photo booth

Who's That Girl? Meet TV's new Batwoman, Javicia Leslie!

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"To know that this role represents so many people who have felt underrepresented, that has dawned on me. I don't look at it as a weight; I look at it as a blessing—so I'm really excited to be able to be a part of this story that's being told. To see so many kids see their complexion on-screen, doing things that they have probably never seen be done before, I think that matters. I have this belief that if you see it, you can be it." —Javicia Leslie, who identifies as bisexual and is the first African-American woman to portray Batwoman in a live-action production, tells Watch.

Watch Batwoman on The CW. Stream next day free only on CWTV.com and The CW app.

Missy Peregrym

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Missy Peregrym wows in this winter-themed photo shoot for Watch.

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Much like the hardcore character she portrays on FBI, Missy Peregrym is "on fire for justice. I need to see it carried out," she tells Watch. Her hope is that the show will inspire her not to "put [her] head in the sand anymore.... Now it's time to face things head-on."

Watch new episodes of FBI on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

Gayle King

Gayle King smiles for the camera

Emmy award-winning journalist and CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King is a trail blazer.

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After 40-plus years of excellence in broadcast television, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King was inducted into Broadcasting & Cable's Hall of Fame in 2018. "I feel like I'm just getting started," King said.

CBS This Morning airs Weekday on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

Allison Janney

Allison Janney in an orange evening gown and diamond choker

Diamonds are Allison Janney's best friend.

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Everyone's favorite Mom, Allison Janney, has an Academy Award (I, Tonya) and seven Primetime Emmys (two for playing Bonnie Plunkett!).

Stream full episodes of Mom on Paramount+

Kennedy McMann

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Kennedy McMann is Nancy Drew.

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Nancy Drew star Kennedy McMann has reinvented the beloved girl detective for a new generation. She explained to InStyle:

"A major theme of our show is all of these kids messily finding out who they are and what their place is in the world, and how their identities are shifting. Nancy has lived as this perfect student, perfect daughter, perfect friend, perfect girlfriend throughout high school and then she watches her whole world fall apart. It's sort of, 'I put in all this effort to be perfect for so long and look where it's gotten me.' I think there's a rebellion in her, and she just wants to finally, for the first time, stop trying to please everybody."

Nancy Drew airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream next day free only on The CW.

The women of Charmed

Sarah Jeffery as Maggie Vera, Madeleine Mantock as Macy Vaughn and Melonie Diaz as Mel Vera in Charmed.

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The CW's witchy reboot cast Sarah Jeffery (Maggie Vera), Madeleine Mantock (Macy Vaughn), and Melonie Diaz (Mel Vera) as Latinx Charmed Ones.

Charmed airs Sundays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream next day free only on The CW.

Katja Herbers

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Katja Herbers opens new doors as Kristen Bouchard on Evil.

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Though Evil's Kristen Bouchard is a risk-taker, she's not totally reckless! Katja Herbers tells Watch about her alter ego: "If somebody's threatening her, she could just give them something back, throw them off their game. She's not easily intimidated. Maybe underneath, but she's never gonna show it."

Evil returns for Season 2 on CBS. Catch up now on Paramount+ and Netflix.

Bitsie Tulloch

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Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane.

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We already think our parents are superheroes—but imagine having an actual superhero for a parent! Therein lies the premise of Superman & Lois, who are raising teen sons in Smallville. In the pilot, it's the intrepid reporter Lois (Bitsie Tulloch) who breaks the news to their kids. She tells Collider: "It ultimately boils down to who Lois Lane is. She wants to save the world with words and she doesn't believe that it's in their sons' best interests to be keeping secrets from them. It really boils down to the fact that Lois believes in truth and justice."

Superman & Lois airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream next day free only on The CW.

Sonequa Martin-Green

Sonequa Martin-Green in a fringed dress and pearls

Sonequa Martin-Green is out of this world.

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"For me, it's the three F's: faith, family, and fitness." — Star Trek: Discovery's Sonequa Martin-Green, the first African-American lead of a Star Trek series, tells Watch magazine.

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