7 Female TV Characters We Wish Would Run For President

7 Female TV Characters

We Wish Would Run For President

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It’s been a long couple of months since the the President was sworn into office, and for many, the only consolation being that he will be gone after four years. Those that are still sour get to enjoy a release in the huge array of shows about the oval and the different presidents portrayed in them, such as House of Cards, Veep, Scandal, Designated Survivor among others.

And while of course our obvious choices for the next president would be real people like, say Michelle Obama or Oprah, that reality is simply a little too far away to plan for right now.

So in the meantime, here are our favorite TV characters we think would run the oval smoothly – with(in the words of Meryl) grit and grace.

SCANDAL - ABC's "Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)


Olivia Pope, Scandal

Shonda Rhimes knows how to create female leads. She is very literally the master of all writers ever when it comes to creating shows with women at the helm or women in power. Shondaland – consisting of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, The Catch and How To Get Away With Murder boasts female centric plots and narratives that empower and elevate women. Olivia Pope is just one of many, but stands out from the crowd.

Having bore the brunt of a difficult childhood and a domineering father. Olivia Pope is consequently the queen under pressure. Regardless of the fact she’s the most in-demand ‘fixer’ and campaign manager in D.C, she is also a ferociously smart and navigates the difficult life D.C politics in a manner which we’d hope every politician up there would be doing currently. If she ever stops helping others get into the White House we’ll be behind her and she will no doubt become the best dressed president of all time.


Emily Prentiss, Criminal Minds

Having taken a hiatus from the show, this character was very noticeably missed while away. The void Paget Brewster left in the show was very quickly tended to by her return, but nonetheless, her absence was felt. Absence makes the heart grow fonder of course, and since her return Emily has rose to the pinnacle at the BAU, having taken over Hotch’s role as team leader. Quick in a crisis, and the ability to break down a person’s life and characteristics in minutes, Prentiss would be a ruler in negotiations and a fantastic public speaker. #emily2020


Dr. Miranda Bailey, Grey’s Anatomy

It’s very difficult for myself( a lifetime lover of Grey’s) to choose only one of the many incredible women on the show to represent the cast for a presidential candidate, but frankly, Dr. Bailey is the strongest contender. Having eased into her role as Chief of Surgery at Grey-Sloan and commanded the hospital with a ferocity for the past few seasons, Bailey would be right at home on the ticket.


Rose Nylund, Golden Girls

Needless to say, Betty White is an institution and we would gladly see her as herself, or Rose in the oval. At the age of 96 I could still see White traversing the campaign trail with a furore not typically associated with people of that age group. With the jewels of wisdom espoused by Golden Girls over the years and the popularity of the characters amongst critics and viewers alike, the support would surely be there. Alas, however, as Rose would say – “Sometimes life just isn’t fair, kiddo.”

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Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones

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Is there anyone more capable to lead the country, the world than Danny? Emilia Clarke’s character is the epitome of #girlboss and carries it like a lady. While there are many extremely strong female leads in Thrones, Danny sticks out like a sore thumb because of her core values, and of course, her power to wield dragons over any of her enemies. As she looks to take Queen Cersei’s throne this season in Westeros, we will no doubt come to see a most unique fight for power between two obstinate and extremely intelligent women. Of course we do have to shout out to Sansa, who is unfortunately a little young for the position but would also get my vote nonetheless.


Kate Mckinnon x Hillary Clinton, SNL

If not a little obvious – Mckinnon’s grasp of presidential language and demeanour is something the person currently in the oval is yet to master, and we can almost guarantee that if Mckinnon brought with her the cast of SNL as presidential aids, this country would have an excellent chance of returning to its former glory.


Sen. Selina Meyer, Veep

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is perhaps the funniest TV president of all time. Having a comedian at the helm of the country wouldn’t be too bad either – O’Bama was pretty funny. Selina Meyer’s character is headstrong, intuitive and stands up for everything she believes in. While these may seem like traits likely attributed to any given president, lets not forget how opinions and morals waver so frequently once people get into the oval.

Amy Corcoran

Head of Content at SWAAY: Amy is an Irish writer, avid foodie and feminist with an insatiable appetite for novels and empowering women's writing. She has enjoyed calling Dublin, Paris and now New York her home.

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