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Not only is Grey's Anatomy an entertaining show, it's also, at its best, a socially-responsible one. And few know this more acutely than Sandra Oh, who discussed the importance of a character like Cristina Yang with Entertainment Weekly (in the wake of her announcement that she's leaving the show).

"I feel like Cristina — who does not represent a classic or traditional female character that we see on television — is really essential to the movement of where we are as women," the Canadian actress says.

"A woman isn’t only defined by her career and a woman is not only defined by her role as a mother and a wife, either," she elaborates. "It’s to try to see the person and the character as a whole individual. And I do like the differences between Cristina and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) because you get to see multiple facets of the choices that women can make."

We should note that a recent Time cover story by Lauren Sandler dissected the trend of women "having it all without having children" — meaning Cristina's storyline on Grey's is topical, if not downright prescient.

And even though her character is happy to be childfree, Sandra does stipulate that she believes Cristina "is so thrilled and happy for Meredith because [having children] is really what Meredith wanted."

What do you think, readers: Is Cristina entitled to prioritize career above children? Or is she being selfish, as some people deem intentionally-childfree women?

Source: Entertainment Weekly, Time

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!