Anel Limon, Staff Writer

The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit follows a young girl named Elizabeth, who,after a terrible incident, is sent to live in an orphanage where she learns to play chess. In the male-dominated community of chess, Beth struggles to be seen for her achievements as a player rather than a woman. Her moving performance demonstrates the frustration women can relate to today.  Through Beth’s chess matches, she begins to be seen as a top player but still has lots to learn. Anya Joy Taylor portrays the pristine image of a resilient, stubborn, and intelligent young girl navigating her way to become one of the highest-ranked chess players during the 1960s. The build-up for her final chess match with one of the highest-ranking Russian chess players, Borgav, demonstrates how important it is for her because of two factors. Borgav does not view or criticize her for being a female chess player but instead sees her as a worthy competitor. This chess match also symbolizes everything she has worked hard for. Although at the beginning of her story, she uses drugs to gain an advantage in her games, she now plays clean and knows that these drugs were not a factor in the immaculate chess player she is. The show empowers women to challenge social norms and strive to be the best at their skills. It brings representation to the Black community as Beth’s friend, Jolene, plays a key role in Beth’s upcoming. It educates others to acknowledge women for their attainments as people and individuals, not focusing on their gender. 

Anne with an E

Similarly, young Anne Shirley begins her journey once she is adopted by two siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. While the Cuthberts were expecting a boy to help out with their farm, Anne shows them that she can do anything that a boy is expected to do. She objects to the social norms on what a girl is supposed to be like during the late 1800s. She expresses herself freely and isn’t afraid to show her interest in topics that are out of the box, just adding to her lovable personality. Although the show was canceled back in 2018, it is still a must-watch to remember the importance of women pursuing their education, even if it is not expected of them. This show encourages women to be true to themselves and discredit that some things are specifically for men but for everyone.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Through the paranormal spectrum of shows, Sabrina Spellman faces a turn of events once she has to choose between her normal and witch life. As the spinoff of  Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina confronts topics that girls face today: sexism, stereotypes, toxic masculinity, and much more. Sabrina and her friends challenge the problems they face. One being sexism; as the football team harasses Sabrina’s friend, Suzie, because they are androgynous. Once Sabrina reports what happened with Suzie, Principle Hawthorne chooses to not investigate further into the issue because there is no evidence of the claim. Sabrina presents a strong lead character by standing up for herself and others in need. She opposes the stereotype of choosing one life to live. Instead, she chooses to balance both of her worlds. A message seen in the show is how significant independence is at a young age. Overall the show is very progressive for its time, as it captures many feelings and issues teenagers go through today while advocating for feminism and LGBTQ rights. The diversity in the cast and characters truly begins representation for teenagers including characters such as Theo Putnam, who comes out as a transgender boy. The show also includes characters who identified as bisexuals, pansexuals, and heterosexuals. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a must-watch, as it brings a modernized and thrilling new version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch from the 1990s.

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