Happy International Women’s Day! This post is a few days late, but this idea only occurred to me after I had posted my Fictional Crushes post, that this would be a perfect time to celebrate female authors who have created badass female characters.
Let’s get going, shall we?
Tris Prior – Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Tris is a really great female character. Her growth throughout the series is so empowering, as she comes out of her shell become more confident and learns that it is okay to be selfish (to a certain point) if it means saving the city she calls home. Tris is such a strong character because she is willing to put herself on the line to create change and do the right thing.
Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan – The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Skeeter is an aspiring journalist looking for an interesting story to make her big break into the newspaper world. She finds a story interviewing the help that works for her mother’s wealthy friends. With the story taking place in one of the most heated areas during the Civil Rights Movement, Jackson, Mississippi. Skeeter proves that she will do what is right and will follow her dreams no matter what as she pursues both goals that her family discourages and a risky subject for a newspaper article.
Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, and Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series is full of strong female characters, but I could go on forever, so I’m just going to stick with 3. Hermione is such a good advocate for equal rights. From S.P.E.W. to Muggle-born rights, she knows when something needs to change and will stop at nothing to get it done. Luna is the same, she sees everyone as equal and doesn’t know any different, she just accepts the world as it is. Ginny is so strong-minded and willing to put herself in danger for the ones she loves and she can do a heck of a bat-bogey hex.
Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Katniss is such a badass character. Becoming the head of her house after the death of her father, she becomes so angry about the world she lives in, I find that that is what gives her the motivation to rebel and create change. She is so strong, considering what she has been through. Katniss’ struggle with PTSD and how she manages to pull through it and how she created her own practices to help herself cope with it.
Jane Eyre – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre is a complex, self-aware woman in the Victorian age whose work as a governess eventually leads to love. Independent, strong and a feminist, Jane Eyre is an unforgettable character in a classic novel exploring social classes, love, sexuality and morality.
Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Elizabeth Bennet is a strong woman, who don’t need no man, even at a time when all a woman could hope to be a wife. She is not easily impressed by looks, or money and refuses to be married off to the first man who offers her father the highest bid.
I really enjoyed writing this kind of post! I will definitely be doing another post similar to this in the future! Thanks for reading and let me know some of your favourite badass female characters! See you all next time!