"Gilmore Girls" was a show that began on the WB network and soon became its flagship success. A lot of the appeal of it was that it depicted the complicated but always loving relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter. Women like Lorelai Gilmore are still vanishingly rare on our screens; that is, a woman who gets pregnant as a teen (a huge mistake by the standards of her society) and instead of being painted as a Jezebel or a write-off by the narrative, still gets to dictate the terms of her future and her life.
Women like her daughter Rory are equally rare. Rory is immensely complex; she's brilliant and studies hard, but she's also gentle and wants to please others. She has a lot of boyfriends throughout the show, and this is refreshingly depicted as a perfectly normal part of growing up. Rory also frets over academics and gets into petty squabbles, while never losing sight of her ultimate dream. She's authentic, three-dimensional and flawed.
While today TV has improved somewhat in the scope of the kinds of women who get to appear on it, Rory Gilmore still stands as an earlier inspirational figure, and part of a tipping point toward the better landscape we see now. That's why she's such a role model, and so many of us aspire to be like her. Of course, she's not the only model of successful womanhood, as the show itself points out in the form of Emily, Lorelai, Sookie and others, and not everyone has to be just like her. However, she's a pretty darn great example. Let's find out how similar you are!