5 inspirational women to pay attention to in period dramas for International Women's Day 2024

It's International Women's Day, which makes a great day to look at some of the most inspiration woman on TV. We're taking a look at the top 5 inspiration women in period dramas, and yes, fantasy period dramas also count.
Season 8, episode 6/series finale (debut 5/19/19): Gwendoline Christie. Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO.
Season 8, episode 6/series finale (debut 5/19/19): Gwendoline Christie. Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO. /
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The Last Kingdom / Series Two Photographer: Des Willie © Carnival Film & Television Limited 2017 Ian Hart (as Beocca), Thure Lindhardt (as Guthred), Gerard Kearns (as Halig), Alexander Dreymon (as Uhtred), Eva Birthistle (as Hild) /

Hild – The Last Kingdom

There are some great women in The Last Kingdom. Aelswith starts off questionable, but that final season with her turned out brilliant. Her daughter, Aethelflaed was brilliant from start to finish, putting her people and her kingdom before herself every step of the way. Then there was Stiorra, Uhtred’s daughter, who showed us how to be loving and strong-willed at the same time.

But the woman who takes it from this show is Hild. She went through a question of her faith for a long time after her rape at the hands of the Danes. She didn’t have to trust Uhted, but she did. The two built a loyal friendship, one that even saw Hild be the one Uhtred opened up to after his time as a slave.

Hild was the perfect neutral party. While she had her faith and she was a Saxon, she also understood the Danish way of life. She had a respect for others that so many Saxons couldn’t find. Plus, who didn’t love her moment at the very end of Season 5 when she had that moment with Uhtred’s “missing” son.

Warrior Season 2 -- Photograph by Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax /

Ah Toy – Warrior

If you haven’t watched Warrior yet, you need to get onto it. Like so many other shows, there are some brilliant storylines and well-crafted characters. This is one of those shows where everyone has a flaw or two, making them human. Sometimes, it’s hard to root for the protagonists.

Ah Toy is one of the most inspirational women in the series. She is the owner of a brothel, but she isn’t your typical Madam. She doesn’t just want to make money. She wants to create a safe haven for her girls. This is a woman who loves and protects each and every one of them.

Ah Toy is even willing to put her life on the line for them. When it comes to fighting, she’s skilled with a sword. She will do what she can to keep the peace and not use her abilities if she doesn’t have to. If you hit her the wrong way, you better watch out!

There is a beautiful moment where she goes after love and a chance at the American Dream. When she realizes that she can’t have it, she sacrifices her happiness for the girls she has sworn to protect.