OK, so a couple of years ago I wrote this post about Female Role Models on the Tube. In it I describe the reasons why two female characters became my foundations growing up. Here are my reasons if you don't want to click:
1] How you dress does not determine how you are perceived
2] Nice girls finish first
3] Girls are powerful in body and mind
4] Less is More
5] Girls with Brains Rule
6] Strong, Smart Girls Don't Always Have to Win
While Laura Holt and Wonder Woman are definitely the core of me...Dana Scully is me all grown-up and sassy.
And, what have I learned from her:
1] Stand up for yourself and be your own person
"I'm not a part of any agenda. You've got to trust me. I'm here just like you, to solve this." ~"Pilot" S01 E01
2] Be skeptical, don't doubt the science of things, but have faith
"But you saved me! As difficult and as frustrating as it's been sometimes, your goddamned strict rationalism and science have saved me a thousand times over! You've kept me honest. You've made me a whole person. I owe you everything... Scully, and you owe me nothing. I don't know if I wanna do this alone. I don't even know if I can. And if I quit now, they win." ~The X-Files: Fight the Future
3] Listen to others and allow them to have their stories, allow them to be who they want to be
MULDER: I would've never seen you again. But you believed me.
SCULLY: In your dreams. Mulder, I want you to close your eyes and I want you to think to yourself "there's no place like home."
MULDER: Hey, Scully.
MULDER: I love you.
SCULLY: Oh, brother...
~"Triangle" S6 E03
4] Be willing to change your mind when presented with new facts and new situations
SCULLY: He's not dying. He is more alive than he's ever been and what's causing it may be extraterrestrial. ~"The Sixth Extinction: Amor Fati" S7 E02
5] Laugh at yourself, laugh with others
MULDER: And I can neither confirm nor deny agent Scully's version of events, but, um...
SCULLY: Anyway... I was drugged.
MULDER: That is ... essentially, exactly the way it happened.
~"Bad Blood" S5 E12
6] 7 years isn't a long time to wait if you know, that in waiting, you are making the right choice
"Well, it seems to me that the best relationships-- the ones that last-- are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is... suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with." ~"The Rain King" S6 E07
And, you can raise your kiddos to be just like her. Check it out here.