These eight dynamic women use their comedy platforms to tackle womens’ issues in our culture today. Comedy requires courage; comedians have to be willing to take a stand, and at the same time make fun of our shared human weaknesses. They bring out our vanity, and hypocrisy, and alternatively our capacity for forgiveness and redemption, thereby serving a very important function in our society.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Seinfeld fame stars in and produces this HBO political satire. Veep takes place in the fictional U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer’s office. The show follows Meyer (played by Louis-Dreyfus) and her company aides as they navigate the political climate of Washington, D.C. For five consecutive years Louis-Dreyfus has won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and for two consecutive years the show has won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Showrunner David Mandel explains the challenges he faces writing political satire in this election year, in an interview for Deadline this September, “I find every level of this campaign to be horrific, and it makes comedy way tougher. It’s just so hard when people don’t want to laugh about this type of stuff.” He does, however, promise laughs and some shocking twists in Meyer’s life for the show’s upcoming sixth season. You can stream all episodes of Veep on the HBO Go app.
Lena Dunham is the writer, director and star of the television series, Girls, which focuses on the lives of four women living in New York City during their early twenties. It first aired on HBO in 2012. Most of the stories are drawn from creator Lena Dunham’s real life experiences. The first season starts with Hannah, Dunham’s character, who is an aspiring writer being told that she will no longer be financially supported by her parents. We follow Hannah and her friends as they navigate odd jobs, casual sex, and complicated relationships. The New York Times Magazine said about Lena Dunham’s success, “It’s entirely possible that she’s an icon precisely because she doesn’t speak for anyone else, because she has the exceedingly rare ability to be 100 percent herself, 100 percent of the time — or at least to come off that way.” The sixth and final season of Girls will air in 2017. Girls has been nominated for numerous awards, and their wins include two Primetime Emmys, two Golden Globes, a Peabody, and a Director’s Guild Award.