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They just don’t make TV the way they used to, right guys? Or maybe I’m just feeling nostalgic for a time when young women had so many amazing role models on TV. I started out trying to name 10 shows from the 90s with awesome female protagonists and ended up with 13. I could have kept the list going, probably infinitely. Why were there so many good shows about smart, strong girls back then? What are we doing now? Ugh. Let’s take a look back. Here’s the evidence that it can be done successfully. IT CAN BE DONE.

1. “Clarissa Explains It All”

Beginning in 1991, Clarissa Darling debunked the myth that boys wouldn’t watch a TV show starring a girl. Everyone loved “Clarissa Explains It All.” She was a relatable teen and she dealt with the problems we dealt with — dating, pimples, annoying little siblings, parents. She made…

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