As a woman, having other women as role models or other women in power is quite important. Because it not only helps us grow but also allows us to be unapologetically us.
And people who grew up watching K-dramas will relate to the common trope portrayed by women there, that is, the damsel in distress. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that men are wrong or that women don’t need men.
I’m simply asking where are those women empowering K-dramas, where we feel like that the heroine stole the show. And before you search for them, don’t worry because I’m here to help you out. So without further ado, I present to you.
Top 7 K-dramas where the female protagonist stole the show:
Strong woman Do Bong Soon – Do Bong-soonWe all have ambitions, aspirations, and dreams. And usually, a trait that comes along with this is dedication and determination, which our character played by Kim Ji-won portrays. A great role model for young girls, Choi Ae-ra, is full of vigor and life, as she shows her life of staying in her path to her dreams despite having a lot of hurdles and obstacles. She is sassy and bold and is not backing away from reaching her goal, both in her career and love life.
Fight For My Way – Choi Ae-ra
We all have ambitions, aspirations, and dreams. And usually, a trait that comes along with this is dedication and determination, which is portrayed by our character played by Kim Ji-won. A great role model for young girls, Choi Ae-ra, is full of vigor and life, as she shows her life of staying in her path to her dreams despite having a lot of hurdles and obstacles. She is sassy and bold and is not backing away from reaching her goal, both in her career and love life.
Hotel De Luna – Jang Man-wol
Played by the ‘Nations Sweetheart’ herself, IU, this character is a literal grim reaper. Watch as the 1300 years old Jang Man- wol guides her guests to the afterlife. And if you’re confused, it’s probably my fault because I forgot to mention, the guests are dead. This character is a justice-seeking, badass woman who will not stop until she delivers justice. The versatility of Man-wol also allows us to see the vulnerability and loneliness of this character.
The King – Eternal Monarch – Jung Tae-eul
Beating up criminals and putting them where they belong is what Jung Tae-eul does daily. And suddenly, when pushed into the world of parallel dimensions, royalty, and an assassination plan, she tries her best to stay afloat. And no matter how bitter the truth is, she still manages to hold her stance and be the badass cop she is. This series is a must-watch for those of you who love a good and strong female protagonist.
Itaewon Class – Jo Yi-seo
From New York City to Itaewon, this character played by Kim Da-mi is the definition of a badass human. Beware when Jo Yi-seo enters the building because if anyone gets in her way, she isn’t hesitant to use her fists to get you out of the way. Jo Yi- seo can be defined as a girl who doesn’t care about others and only listens to herself. And another trait of hers is that she is very determined once she sets her mind to it. These qualities are what make her character so badass and desirable landing her a spot on this list.
It’s okay to not be Okay – Ko Moon-young
While this series is very famous for talking about mental illnesses and teaching us to overcome the stigma around the issue. It’s also very famous for its strong female lead. Played by actress Seo Yea-Ji, the character of Ko Moon-young is of a person who has an anti-social personality disorder. And as we watch the series, we see that Ko Moon-young is a perfect example of fragile yet strong, and like the title states, it teaches all the women around the world that it’s okay to not be okay
Sky Castle – Han Seo-jin
Nothing is more potent than a mother’s willpower and love, which is what this series and character prove to us. Harboring a secret that she intends to take to her grave, watch this mother go to extreme lengths to hide her secret. And achieve her ultimate dream, which is to send her daughter to the infamous Seoul National Medical University. And beware, to see the true potential of this character shine as nothing will stand in her way to achieve that.