Women & Animals
“The shorthand of it is this… women run for office to do something, and men run for office to be somebody.” - Debbie Walsh, Director of the Center for American Women and Politics (Just to preface, this quote cleverly sits on the front of the pilot script)
In the new series premiering tonight on USA, Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino have hopes to guide Political Animals with judicious power toward showcasing capable women in leadership roles. The series follows a former first lady, Elaine Barrish Hammond, played by Sigourney Weaver, who loses the presidential nomination and reluctantly signs on as secretary of state. The political and personal pursuits parallel while Susan Berg, played by Carla Gugino, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, exposes the elaborate private life of Elaine, her former cheating ex-President husband, and their two sons.
The pilot script weaves intricately through the dramatically riveting lives of all of it’s mostly intelligent characters attempting to balance powerful women in a “man’s world”. “We need more women in politics and frankly it’s one of the big reasons I wanted to take this job.” –Weaver
I agree and frankly I’m just excited to see ingeniously talented actresses- above the age of 35, drive a well-written series. Weaver’s goal for politics translates successfully to media, setting a higher bar for strong female characters, and for a more involved female audience.
I fully acknowledge that I have a biased opinion being a woman in the entertainment industry (so disregard as you wish), but I agree with Weaver that, “women bring a different kind of leadership” and Political Animals aims to please with its vehemently smart showcase of women in the political world.
While the show could perpetuate long-lived stereotypes, it strengthens the courageousness of women and the exchange of influential power of both the private and the professional sides of a political life, while contrasting the detrimental cost of both. Long story short, Political Animals captures a wide array of conservative and liberal ideals painted into the lives of addictive instinctual characters thus reinforcing the title of the show and the inevitable zoo of entertainment.
Quotes and Image courtesy of USA Network