10 Female TV Characters Who Were Ahead of Their Time

It's hard to believe there was a time when you couldn't show a pregnant woman on television or a single, professional African American mother and the idea of a college-educated woman choosing to focus on her career instead of immediately finding a husband was considered too much of a stretch!

Did you know that Marlo Thomas took a copy of the Feminine Mystique to the head of the TV network to convince him to make That Girl? When Ellen DeGeneres's character came out on television, the sitcom episode warranted a parental advisory!

From Lucy Ricardo to Julia Baker to President Mackenzie Allen, we take a look back at television history with 10 groundbreaking female characters and the courageous actresses who risked their careers, their privacy, and often their safety to portray them.