Major Crimes Sharon Raydor shows women can succeed at deal-making
Viewers of TNT’s original series Major Crimes tune in on Wednesday night’s to watch the team solve crimes, but it wouldn’t be possible without Sharon Raydor. The character is shrewd in the realm of making a deal. She can connect a crime to a criminal and then convince the criminal to make a confession by making a deal. Her precise skills are an example of a female character on TV who showcases an empowering tool women can use in everyday life.
As the world turns, most people assume that folks in squad rooms across America are male. Even on TV, the number of interrogation rooms breaking down criminals is predominantly male, but that’s changing. Raydor’s character proves that women are more than capable of making deals and driving home results.
On TNT, Sharon Raydor was first introduced to the viewers on The Closer. Played by the extremely talented actress, Mary McDonnell, the character is nontraditional, as she is an intelligent, older woman. Her job is a contribution to the community and she uses deal making techniques to get the bad guys off the streets. This crime solving character grew on viewers over the course of the series. She not only followed the laws, but enforced the rules fairly. After the show ended, the spin-off, Major Crimes, put her in charge of the squad unit of Major Crimes in Los Angeles.
Watching the show, viewers will immediately pick up how Raydor is a shrewd deal maker. She ultimately catches criminals and gets a confession to make a deal (avoiding the court system). Not one to resort to tactics outside of the laws, it is a combination of her carefully trained eye, her subtle demand for respect and leading a good team that gets the bad guys every time. She is never one to shy away, even if it’s a tad bit strange, to seal the deal.
Loving her job and knowing that she can make deals to catch the criminals, Sharon Raydor is confident in her deal-making skills. Strong and undaunting, the approach she uses isn’t anything more than being objective and shrewd. Empowering herself in a job that demands results.
The power of deal-making
One skill that often is overlooked when discussing female empowerment is that of deal-making. Women sometimes shy away from making deals in their personal and professional lives as they don’t always feel they will be taken seriously. Or it’s just not comfortable. Trapped in the mirror of always being sugar and spice (and everything nice) it’s definitely not a traditional trait.
What Sharon Raydor reveals to women is that it takes time to acquire the right skills to be a deal maker and is by no means impossible to achieve. Every woman who wants to feel empowered needs to sharpen her deal-making skills, be confident and go get what she desires!
This column was written by Jodi Jill and if you’re looking for more then be sure to head on over to the link here. Also, you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter! (Photo: TNT.)
April 13, 2017 @ 8:01 am
Enjoyed reading your column, Jodi. Thanks.
It’s depressing though that in this day and age this whole gender thing is still an issue worth mentioning. Apparently a lot of people still have trouble with the idea of a non-male (or non-white-male for that matter) holding a senior position.
You’re right however, the writers and directors of the show and, of course, first and foremost Mary McDonnell manage to picture the Sharon Raydor character brilliantly. There isn’t a shadow of a doubt that we are watching a mature, smart and compassionate person who is just perfect for the job she’s doing. And INCIDENTALLY, she is female.
April 13, 2017 @ 2:23 pm
April 12, 2017 @ 11:18 pm
Thanks for the article on Captain Raydor. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with. And I really LOVE that she does it ALL by the BOOK… a most welcome and refreshing trait in this day and age!
April 12, 2017 @ 9:51 pm
Ummm yeah, Matt, Sharon Raydor has always been a Captain during the time we have known her character. The only time it was discussed that she was a Sargent is when BLJ and Provenza were talking about her oover a dead body. She had written up him and his partner George for misogynistic comments that he stated they had to look the word up.
April 12, 2017 @ 11:24 pm
Thanks for clearing that up, Naomi. I was like, wait! What? Seargent Raydor… Not!
April 12, 2017 @ 11:27 pm
That was a HILARIOUS scene in the morgue when Provenza brought it up to BLJ. Her burn of him and he totally missed it. Classic!
April 12, 2017 @ 11:30 pm
April 13, 2017 @ 3:14 am
Hi Naomi, this article wasn’t written by matt, this column was written by Jodi Jill who is one of the writers at the site (there are a few writers here at CarterMatt, not just Matt). I have fixed that in the article. Thanks for letting us know.
April 13, 2017 @ 9:28 am
You’re welcome. My assumption was that Matt had editorial oversight.
April 13, 2017 @ 7:06 pm
Matt and I share editorial duties, we are equal partners at the site, but we also have a few other writers that work for us. The name CarterMatt makes it easy for readers to think that Matt writes everything and over sees everything, it happens all the time :) Thanks again for letting me know about the mistake.