Shonda Rhimes Shut Down the Term ‘Strong Female Lead’ & Twitter Totally Agrees

Television producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes has once again blown the internet away with her insight. In the midst of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, several female Hollywood directors started a #FemaleFilmakerFriday trend last week on Twitter that celebrated all of the women behind the scenes who make the movies we rave about. Rhimes is an unbelievably accomplished person herself with her show, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and Grey’s Anatomy on ABC’s “TGIT” segment every week.

Rhimes tweeted something today that some may have been thinking about and other still hadn’t realized until she said it. “Okay. Entertainment industry, time to stop using the phrases ‘Smart Strong Women’ and ‘Strong Female Leads’,” she wrote.  “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.”

With over 38 thousand retweets and 147 thousand likes, it’s clear that Rhimes’ tweet struck a chord with many people.

Thanks to Rhimes, we’ve just taken another step toward recognizing the patriarchal beliefs we’ve absentmindedly accepted and changing the way we treat women in not just the entertainment industry, but all industries.