Downton Abbey takes place during the dying British aristocracy, but also during the suffrage movement and World War I. Most importantly, the women take central roles in fighting their familial and societal expectations. While the men were mostly trying to keep patriarchal tradition, the women were attempting to advance and change with society. Even the elderly women are forward-thinking, and dangerously so with sharp tongue.
Nashville was created by Callie Khouri, who created some of the most cherished feminist films simply by having women be...people. Every female character on the show shines with complexities and struggles while trying to maintain control over their own lives and careers. It's that balance of work and home life that is reflected perfectly in Nashville. Even Scarlet's gaining some backbone this season.