Here’s one to ponder: do TV and film reflect and influence politics, business and society, or are we in society reflecting and influenced by what we watch? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the answer is a bit of both.
" How novel to see a strong, successful, principled woman giving children license to be whatever they want to be."
Matt Nicol, BlueNotes contributing editor
Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko – the archetype 80s trader/corporate raider – was an amalgam of real life players. Did the character serve as inspiration for others - such as Jordon Belfort, who took his first steps towards becoming The Wolf of Wall Street when he joined LF Rothschild as a stockbroker? And Belfort’s story, in turn, made it to the big screen.
Recently, I watched actor Téa Leoni as fictional US Secretary of State Senator Elizabeth McCord encouraging a group of young school girls in Tonga.
“You keep on ignoring all the people telling you that science isn’t for girls,” she said. It was as a positive message. How novel to see a strong, successful, principled woman giving children license to be whatever they want to be.
Sure, it was a little heavy handed. But nobody watches Madam Secretary expecting The West Wing. And maybe, just maybe, among the show’s viewership there’s a young, intelligent girl who will hear these words, stay the course and pursue her fullest potential in this field.
Let’s consider for a moment how many women scientists are ‘suddenly’ gracing our screens, big and small, to remind us women can do STEM.