6 Empowering K-Dramas Featuring Strong and Independent Female Leads

by Pauline Galoso   |  Jul 22, 2022
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The world can be too much at times, and there will be days when you’ll feel unmotivated or insecure, but that’s totally fine! You just need some time and a little push from the right people. Who else can empower you more than fellow women, right? Thanks to K-dramas, we have met some of the most amazing female characters who are breaking stereotypes and proving to us that women are capable of standing up for themselves.

Here are six K-dramas featuring strong and independent female characters that you always can run to:

1. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Actress: Shin Min Ah

After quitting her job in Seoul, a principled dentist named Yoon Hye Jin decides to leave the city and move to a seaside village. Hoping to start a new life, she opens up her own clinic and acquaints herself with the locals.

2. Vincenzo

Actress: Jeon Yeo Bin

Hong Cha Young is a competitive yet conceited lawyer who wishes nothing but to be the top attorney in their firm. Things changed, however, after a heartbreaking incident that greatly impacted her life. She then uses her wit and charm to fight for the people she cared about most in her life.

3. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

Actress: Seo Ye Ji

Despite having a tough childhood, Ko Mun Yeong became a best-selling author of children's books. She begins her journey to emotional healing when she meets someone who is her total opposite.

4. My Name

Actress: Han So Hee


Another character with a tragic past, Yoon Ji Woo proves how much of a loving daughter and a capable fighter she is. In order to avenge her father’s death, she is forced to join a gang and thrive in a vicious world dominated by men.

5. Hotel Del Luna

Actress: IU

Being an owner of a hotel for ghosts for over 1,000 years makes Jang Man Wol a very intriguing character. To continue helping ghosts move on to the afterlife, she hires a human to become the hotel’s new manager.

6. Itaewon Class

Actress: Kim Da Mi

Who could forget a quirky social media celebrity like Jo Yi Seo? Her confidence may be mistaken for aggressiveness, but it’s also the reason why she was able to make an ex-con’s street bar successful.

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