ByLeanne Ofori-Atta, writer at
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Leanne Ofori-Atta

In honor of International Women's Day that just went by, I was reminded that we all need a little more inspiration in our day-to-day lives. There are never enough girl bosses to run the world, (and I hope you understand that girls do run this world), hence my inspiration to bring to light someone who is quickly becoming my favourite fictional female character of all time (OK, she comes as a quick second after Brooke Davis. I mean, superhero or not, B. Davis is a legend). Ladies (and gents), here are a couple of reasons why is the ultimate inspiration.

She Is Just Like You

At the beginning of Season 1, we are introduced to a Supergirl who is not quite Supergirl yet. She speaks to normal people like you and I; people with flaws, insecurities, struggles; people who spill things. Like me. Everyday. During the first episodes, when Supergirl is revealed to us, I'll admit that I was slightly surprised at her tendency to be not so Super. Brave? Not quite. Strong? Sadly, no. A push-over? Double yes. When I say, "she's just like you" I mean, she's imperfect. We find Kara working as a feeble personal assistant to Cat, her dreaded boss, who owns the company CATCO Worldwide Media, and who personally goes out of her way to treat Kara (or "Keira" as she puts it) like crap. Daily. Let's just say when we meet Kara Zor-El, she is not quite Supergirl, yet.

'Supergirl' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
'Supergirl' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

She Is The Kindest

"You've always had the heart of a hero, Kara, way before you put on that 'S'."

As season 1 goes on, we stop judging Kara for her slightly too eager to please attitude and start getting to know her as the kindest soul one could ever wish to meet (or be). We start to realize that her kindness is not weakness, as we previously assumed, but strength. Kara Danver's insistence on being kind to people who only seem to want to tear her down, allows her to eventually warm the coldest hearts — mean-spirited boss, Cat Grant, included. By the end of the season, their relationship has completely transformed into a more genuine and authentic version, and they almost seem like a mother-daughter duo (OK, fine. A step-mother and daughter duo).

Her kindness cannot help but bring out the best in people, which tranfers onto her friends as well — Winn and James. I mean, they both fall in love with her, which has say something, no?

'Supergirl' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]
'Supergirl' [Credit: Warner Bros. TV]

She Is Not Defined By Her Past

Kara is pretty much the only surviving species of her world (apart from ). She is orphaned, a foreigner, her entire planet is completely destroyed, and did I mention she's not human? Because she's not. In fact, she's an alien pretending to be a human. All in all, I'll say in human terms: She's a weirdo. Yet, she doesn't allow her mess of a past to affect the choices she has to make in the present. Crazy, right?

She still gets her butt out of bed every morning and saves people's lives. She still deals with crap from her crappy boss, she still makes an effort to be a sister to her human sister, Alex. Her relationship with her human mom isn't falling apart because she doesn't let it. See the pattern? She doesn't let her crappy past affect her future.

She Is A Fighter

Although Supergirl isn't perfect — I mean, often times she fights for others way more than she fights for herself — but folks, she's a fighter. She is 24 years old and has fought to build an independent life for herself (Have you seen her apartment? Goals.) She's survived living on Earth and fights to keep relationships that are dear to her and she continually tries to believe the best in others. I would have quit that job at CATCO in 0.5 seconds (and spit in Cat's coffee on my way out. Hey, I never said I was Supergirl) but she doesn't. She wakes up every morning with literally a world of responsibility on her shoulders and she still goes out there and kicks ass. (Did I mention that she has two jobs? Her assistant position and, oh yeah, saving the world?) Our Supergirl, is the ultimate girlspiration, don't you think?

I don't know about you, but I plan to take a couple of pages out of her book.

What do you think is Supergirl's most admirable quality?


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