Celebrate TV's Top 10 Fabulous Female Bosses


6. Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) - Modern Family (2009 - )

When Modern Family premiered, the show featured two, stay at home moms (and, to be fair, one stay at home dad). This season, however, Claire got a job, working for her father's company, presumably being groomed to replace him after he retires. Between having been out of the work force for almost twenty years and feeling self-conscious about being the boss' daughter, Claire tried to ingratiate herself with the employees. She tried to be their friend, taking them to lunch and listening to their life stories. Her father told her it was a bad idea. She didn't listen. When she learned that the IT Director was about to be fired, she warned him before he could buy a new house. He retaliated by quitting and disabling the company's entire network. Maybe she should have tried acting a wee bit more bossy? Claire's new position shows how it isn't always easy to step into leadership.

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