Let's celebrate the strong women on our TV screens this International Women's Day.

Thursday 8 March marks International Women's Day. DStv is celebrating the powerful, motivational and strong women we see in our day-to-day lives on our television screens. 

International Women's Day is celebrated each year on 8 March to commemorate the movement for women's rights. From equal access to education to gender equality and towards striving for equal pay, the day highlights the continuous efforts in improving women's rights.

Watch the video below for an International Women's Day message from DStv:

From the real world to our TV screens, we're seeing the change happen eventually - no matter how minor. We're bringing you a selection of shows that see women in the forefront continuing to motivate and empower.


When you think of an inspirational woman that we all look up to in media, Oprah Winfrey normally spotlights as a number one choice. She's worked her way up to being one of the most powerful women in media as a strong black woman paving the way for many others. 

Oprah is not only known for her former popular talk show, but has publications under her name as well as television productions including Queen Sugar which you can watch back-to-back episodes of season 1 this weekend on M-Net Binge from 21:30 on Saturday 10 March. 

Ellen DeGeneres


Yes, we laugh along to The Ellen Show weekdays at 17:00 on Vuzu (streaming on DStv Now), but Ellen continues to be a pillar of power for many women. From her strong stance on equal rights for same-sex relationships and marriages to her belief that anything is impossible - whether you're a man or woman - she constantly pushes the message of love and equal opportunity.

Yara Shahidi

She may only be 18-years-old but Black-Ish (Thursdays at 19:00 on 1Magic and DStv Now) actress Yara Shahidi is making ways not only on your screens but as a voice to champion diversity in Hollywood and has a special place in her heart for education. She has started Yara's Club, a partnership with The Young Women's Leadership School to discuss and combat social issues. She's also worked with Michelle Obama on her Let Girls Learn education initiative. 


Mindy Kaling


Funny lady, Mindy Kaling remains the fantasy BFF we wish we had, but also continues to break the mold of what we see on our television screens. As an Indian-American she strives to break away from the stereotypes and constantly pushes her characters to be different from the norm. Her popular series The Mindy Project (Saturdays at 18:00 on Vuzu and DStv Now) is a great example of diversity, women empowerment and does not shy away from the hard-hitting topics. 

Shonda Rhimes

All hail Shonda Rhimes, the genius behind many shows we can't get enough of including Grey's Anatomy (Mondays at 19:00 on M-Net and DStv Now), The Fixer and How to Get Away with Murder. All three notable series have women leads that constantly bash the stereotypes to depict their strength, ability to fend for themselves, intellect and continuous drive to do more. From Kerry Washington starring in The Fixer (Mondays at 20:30 on 1Magic an d DStv Now) to Viola Davis on HTGAWM (Mondays at 21:30 on 1Magic and DStv Now), there's no shortage of motivation to turn to on our small screens. 

Back home we have a number of women who inspire and motivate on a daily basis. From Lalla Hirayama's recent media success with the first ever African broadcast from the Academy Awards to V-Entertainment (Fridays at 18:00 on 1Magic and DStv Now) host Nomuzi "Moozlie" Mabena owning the rap game as a young female who can serve up empowering verses in her music, we've got no shortage of women to look up to.

For more incredible inspiration led by women, keep watching DStv and DStv Now