Top Five Women That Have Us Feelin' Ourselves

Beyonce is not on this list. And before everyone jumps ship and refuses to read the rest of this article, keep in mind that it really just wouldn't be fair to throw her into the mix. Beyonce is mom and daddy at the same time. She is the strength of that one pull up you couldn't do in middle school (and your coach made sure to let you know, a few times, that it was literally the only thing you needed to do to pass). She is the raw sexiness you knew you could achieve if you paid for a monthly subscription to Cosmo. And she is the swirly essence magic stuff that Ursula sucked out of Ariel. She is on every list always. 

The women on this list are five amongst many that make us want to correct our awful posture so that we can stand tall every time our boss tries to mansplain something like Daylight Savings Time. But these are the ones that currently have us really feeling feelings in an extra way. They've got us doing double-takes on our own reflections. They have us walking into meetings like we're about to give a Michelle Obama-esque speech even though we're only presenting a PowerPoint slideshow on how to create a captivating PowerPoint slideshow. And they have us singing in the car on our commute home, windows down, at full volume, like we're, well, Beyonce. Simply put: The five women below have us feelin' ourselves. 

We refuse to rate them and their accomplishments (even though one is a fictional character), so the following is in no particular order. 


1. Zoe Kravitz

When Sex and Sex decided to procreate (Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, respectively), they had Zoe Kravitz. There's no denying that there's something about her that's...indescribable. She's definitely been on our radar for a while, but it was after binge watching HBO's Big Little Lies that she skyrocketed to the forefront of our minds (which, by the way, if you haven't seen it, is there a reason or? It won something like 5 Emmy's? If you're into that sort of thing...). She glows like a firefly during an Autumnal twilight, and you can just tell by looking at her that she smells, like, really good. Basically, we're crushing really hard right now. She's only just gotten started, so if you're not already, start paying attention.


2. Gillian Anderson

From Dana Scully to David Bowie, Gillian Anderson always gets it right. Honestly, she's had us feeling ourselves since the 90s. Her boldness and pantsuits (then and now) are unparalleled. She didn't have an Instagram account until the most recent election so that she would have another platform with which to reach people in order to encourage them to vote and to be informed. She has the kind of powerful on-screen presence to go up against a serial killer (The Fall) and, er, a serial killer (Hannibal), and own it. She embodies that "No Fucks Given" attitude that we strive for and only rarely *truly* achieve. She's an activist and a humanitarian, but without all the cameras and not just out of necessity following a public scandal. Not only is she an actor, director, writer, and producer, but she's the only person that comes to mind that can flawlessly pull off both American AND English accents. Okay and plus she's almost 50 and hot af. Who else is ready to completely throw out our entire form of government and crown this woman Queen of the United States? Queen of the World?! 


3. Elizabeth Bennet

"What are men to rocks and mountains?" Um...we couldn't have said it better ourselves. Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice takes place in the 19th century, when a woman's entire livelihood was dependent upon obtaining an advantageous marriage proposal. Elizabeth Bennet turned down not one but two legit proposals, because unlike the expectations of her gender at that time, she was more concerned with her own adventures rather than marital pursuits void of affection. She proved that you could chase waterfalls and live to tell the tale. 

She was raised by a complacent father and a gold-digging mother, so it would have been only natural for her to lock it down early and be commonly miserable for the rest of her days rather than being a trailblazer and a GD pioneer. We also can't help but swoon over how often we find our heroine with her nose in a book and a witty comeback on her lips. And not just your standard witty comeback, but sassy yet poetic ones like, "My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me." DAMN GINA! There are innumerable times when we could have used her clapback cleverness instead of spouting "nu uh" or "I'm rubber, you're glue...". 


4. Kristen Stewart

You can't google her name without an endless spew of articles about her sexuality, her new girlfriend, her exboyfriend, or her exboyfriend's split with his new girlfriend. It's as if her entire public identity is wrapped up in who (and what gender) she is or isn't currently sleeping with. We're not blind; We aren't just now becoming aware that female actors are held to different standards than male actors. But she got the modern-day equivalent of a public lashing in 2012 when she was photographed with her Snow White director while dating her Twilight co-star. The public knew her as a damsel in distress from her Twilight days, and then flipped its shit when she proved to be just another human that makes mistakes. Even Donald Trump felt the need to tweet about it (not that that's saying much...amirite?) We could go in depth on the rampant sexism here when you look at where the blame was laid in this situation, and how the involved parties were treated, but we're good. We'd rather focus on how our phoenix goddess rose from the misogynistic ashes and went on to slay by doing everything she was doing pre-Twilight but with the post-Twilight fame. She didn't stick her head in the ground and stop doing what she wanted because of some bullshit "scandal". She went on to be the first American actress to win the Cesar Award, which is basically the French Academy Award, for her performance in Clouds of Sils Maria. She also co-authored a scientific paper on the use of Neural net techniques in a movie she wrote and directed... Why THAT doesn't pop up when you google her is beyond us. 

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5. Taylor Swift

When Taylor Swift joined the scene, she had all the makings of a tried and true "America's Sweetheart". The problem with being expected to fill that role, however, is that you are at the mercy of public opinion. Taylor threw that label away faster than we throw out Taco Bell receipts lest someone find the proof of our indiscretion(s). She made it clear early on that we should not be fooled by her girl-next-door looks and charming demeanor. One can be young, silly and beautiful while ALSO being intelligent and business-savvy. How many times must we hear, "'re not like other girls. You've got beauty AND brains," before acknowledging that the two are not mutually exclusive, nor do they hold equal weight? She has showed us time and time again that her professional instincts are on point. Her label had a bit of trepidation when she told them that she wanted to create a dreamy, 80s-style pop album rather than flirting with the country/pop line that had been working for her previously. She's a grown ass woman that makes her own decisions though, so she created 1989 the way that she wanted to, and the payoff was a Grammy for Album of the Year. 

And let's take a moment to applaud her for the way she handled her recent court case. After having her ass fondled by a radio DJ, he sued her for him losing his job. Let us repeat that...HE sued HER. Like the boss bitch she is, she counter-sued for $1 to make a point that telling her side was not about money (she actually donated money to sexual abuse organizations afterwards), but about standing up for herself and to pave the way for other women who might normally shy away from speaking out. 

And last but not least, she has an album coming out on November 10th where all signs point to yet another artistic reinvention. .....We've already requested the day off work.  


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5. Amy & Rory

"You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful, and then you actually talk to them, and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick? Then there's other people, and you meet them and think, 'Not bad, they're OK.' And then you get to know them, and their face just sort of becomes them?  Like their personality is written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful.  Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met."

Doctor Who

Amy Pond and Rory Williams are probably one of the most heartwarming and heartbreaking couples ever to appear on TV. Known as the 11th Doctor's companions from Seasons 5-7, A&R basically define the term "grand romantic gesture". Rory dies, comes back as a robot Centurion, and protects Amy's dying body as it's trapped in the Pandorica for 2,000 (read it…thousand) years. In the end, Amy allows herself to be touched by a weeping angel, one of THE scariest TV villains of all time, so that she can be shot back in time to live out her days Doctor-less with Rory. A&R persevere through an almost divorce, an adult friend that turns out to be their infant daughter from the future through some timey-wimey magic, villain after villain, and being separated time and time again from 36 years in one episode to over 2,000 years in another episode. This couple, The Boy Who Waited and later the Girl Who Waited, should make even sci-fi haters watch and appreciate Doctor Who

4. Jim & Pam

"Four years ago, I was just a guy who had a crush on a girl who had a boyfriend. And I had to do the hardest thing that I've ever had to do, which was just to wait…"

The Office

Oh Jim. We all had to wait. There were times that I wanted Jim and Pam to have a relationship more than I wanted one for myself. Having feelings for someone that's unavailable is pretty universal, so their relatability factor was off the charts. From the shared headphone sway-dancing to the rainy gas station proposal, their subtle but epic romance had us all craving a cubicle office lover of our own. 

3. Mulder & Scully

"Scully, you have to believe me. Nobody else on this whole damn planet does or ever will. You're my one in five billion."




Mulder and Scully, Scully and Mulder…has there ever been a duo that completes each other more fully? She believes in scientifically proven facts; he believes in…aliens. These two have spent 10 long seasons, 2 movies, and a very recent mini season follow-up balancing each other out in the most grandiose alien-battling, flashlight-waving ways. Our yin and yang, peanut butter and jelly, sun and moon; we will never give up hope for M&S. I want to believe…that a handsome FBI agent and feisty red-headed scientist can make it work (what do you say, Chris Carter?).  

2. Ross & Rachel





Ross Gellar and Rachel Green gave hope to the masses. He was the dork and she was the princess. When Friends started, Ross had had a crush on Rachel, his sister's best friend, for about a decade. Her failed almost-wedding and his recent divorce (#1) from his lesbian wife re-ignited his hope that he'd have a shot with his dream girl. Ross and Rachel shippers did NOT have it easy. They were almost together, then they were almost together, then they were together, then they had a fight/break-up (depending which one you ask), then they really broke up, then they were almost back together, then Ross didn't read the 18 page letter FRONT AND BACK so they definitely broke up again, then Ross marries Emily but says Rachel's name at the altar, then Ross goes through Divorce #2, then Ross goes crazy (but here we truly get Ross gold: the tan, the white teeth, the moist-maker meltdown, etc.), then there's the drunken Vegas wedding, then there's the secret non-anullment, then there's the not-so-secret Divorce (#3), then there's a one-night-stand which leads to a baby, then there's a lot of back and forth until they finallyyyyyy got together in the Season TEN Series Finale. It was an emotional roller coaster for all Friends fans, but worth the ride because "he's her lobster."

1. Ron and Hermione

"Just because it's taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn't mean no one else has spotted I'm a girl!" 

Harry Potter

On one side we have Ron: more often than not, our comedic relief. He's always eating, never getting spells or sports quite right, causing Harry to get into a little more trouble than he would have on his own, and is seemingly oblivious to his surroundings. And then we have Hermione: perfection. She's brilliant, feisty, empathetic, and saves Harry and Ron's lives from Book 1 (through Book 7, let's be real). They couldn't be more different, except when it comes to their fierce love for their friends. Both Ron and Hermione sacrifice themselves multiple times to save each other and to save Harry. And let's keep in mind that we meet these characters at age 11. Ok so maybe we lied a little bit before…Ron & Hermione might balance each other out more than any other dynamic duo listed above. Some of the lightest parts in the darkest books are the moments where we get to see these two childhood best friends spark into a little love flame. We're pretty sure the song "We Found Love in a Hopeless Place" was written about them. Ron and Er-my-nee, sitting in a whomping willow, destroying horcruxes, casting spells, and K-I-S-S-I-N-G.