I'd have to say that growing up, there was very little inspiration on the television set -- at least so far as I could see, although the main characters on the various Degrassi shows certainly had a few strong women among them.
All in all, I'd have to say my mother was the strongest role model for me. The other women in my family are all clearly subservient to the men, but not my mom: she and my dad were (are) equals, and she is very much a take-charge, take-no-crap kind of lady. Growing up with her as a role model, it simply never occured to me that there might be things -- occupations, roles, experiences -- that I was incapable of. It makes family reunions seem very odd to me, because my mother, my sister and I all stand out as the outspoken, confident, assertive women we are, and the rest of the women wait until their husbands (or fathers) give them permission to speak. *sigh*