Rhimes calls for end to ‘strong female leads’ phrase

Showrunner Shonda Rhimes is making the case that we all should stop using the phrase “strong female leads.”

According to Glamour, the mastermind behind Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder took to Twitter to explain why the phrase should disappear.

“OK,” she tweeted. “Entertainment industry, time to stop using the phrases ‘Smart Strong Women’ and ‘Strong Female Leads.’ There are no Dumb Weak Women. A smart strong woman is just a WOMAN. Also? ‘Women’ are not a TV trend—we’re half the planet.”

Glamour reports that this one tweet sparked a larger conversation about “how these descriptors are a disservice to women, because they imply that brainy, independent women are a rare sight that needs to be applauded or pointed out.” As Twitter users continued to chime in, so did actor Jessica Chastain, who offered her support of Rhimes’ assertion and shared her own experience with the issue.

“Yes to this. I’m always told I play ‘strong women,'” Chastain tweeted. “Lets pleasw use the phrase ‘well written women’ in its place.”

Chastain even posed a slogan of sorts for the issue, concluding her tweet by writing, “ALL WOMEN ARE STRONG WOMEN.”

Amen to that.

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