- Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen– One of the most appreciated classics of all time pride and prejudice is a hilarious satire on society back in 1800’s . Elizabeth dearly known as Lizy is a woman who holds herself very firmly. Intelligent and funny, Lizy is her father’s favorite and a dependable sister for her siblings. Unlike others Lizy does not dotes on Bingley and Darcy for being handsome and rich she takes her time and builds and opinion. The way she takes a stand for her elder sister and resonates authority when her younger sister acts reckless and runs away shows that she is a woman who can take charge and sort things out. She changes her perception about Darcy after he communicates his feelings for her. The way she accepts that she came to conclusions too soon shows that she is a woman who is true to herself. Her refusal to Mr. Collins when he asks for hand in marriage in a very misogynistic way, portrays how she stands for the true essence of feminism. Elizabeth speaks for us all.
“My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me” ~~~~~ Elizabeth Bennet.
- Hermione Jean Granger from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling– Modern day literature’s most inspiring woman – Hermione Granger. Played on screen by Emma Watson who herself is a noted feminist, Hermione’s character is every little girl who was told that she is too nerdy and too smart for a girl. For every girl who was told that girls should not be too ambitious or forth coming, Hermione breaks all the stereotypes. She punches misogyny right in the face just like she punched Malfoy. She is smart, intelligent and does not dumb herself down just to make people like her. She takes a stand for the rights of the down trodden race of house elves. It takes Ron 7 years to figure out she is the one. It is funny how both Harry and Ron know that they wouldn’t survive a day if it weren’t for her. She plays a key role in Lord Voldemort’s (yes, I said the name) defeat and represents a courageous and intelligent woman in the correct way.
” We could all have been killed or worse expelled”~~~~ Hermione Jean Granger.
- Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson universe by Rick Riordan– Annabeth is a demigod daughter of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and war craft. She is the true daughter of her mother. An aspiring architect Annabeth is a dependable friend and a brave warrior. She accompanies Percy in his adventures and everyone who has read the series knows that if it weren’t for Annabeth, Percy would have been dead on day one. She radiates wit and has strong decision making powers. She knows how to hold herself in tough situations and use her brain. Her strained relationship with her father and the undying wish to have a loving family is her fatal flaw. Her leadership qualities are the reason she heads the Athena cabin. Annabeth once again is every little girl who was told that girls don’t devise battle plans.
“Even strength has to bow down to wisdom sometimes” ~~~~ Annabeth Chase.
- Arya Stark from The song of ice and fire by George R.R. Martin– Now here comes the character I relate the most to. Arya has been breaking the stereotypes since day one. Be it practicing with a wooden sword or secretly shooting arrows at the target, Arya never cared what were girls supposed to or not supposed to behave like. She is the exact opposite of her sister which is the main reason of animosity between them during the initial years. She resembles her courageous aunt Lynna Stark who was said to be as ferocious as she is. Her bond with her bastard brother Jon is lovely. She ironically names her sword Needle because she resents the needle work which she is forced to do by her governess Septa Mordane and Mother Catlyn Stark. Her courage takes her onto a path which she never thought she would explore. She ends up becoming a world class assassin and a great warrior none the less. She fights her own battles and does not depend on others to come and protect her. The way she handles her father’s death and the aftermath of the situation is commendable.
“Fear cuts deeper than the sword” ~~~~~~ Arya Stark.
- Lisbeth Salander from the girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson– Lisbeth Salander is a total badass. She is not a woman to have a strife with. She will have you regretting it for the rest of your live if you try to cross her path. She is not afraid of taking risks. Her skills with technology are amazing and she has a photographic memory. She is a bi and doesn’t identifies with the stereotypical norms of the society. She is intimidating at first, so intimidating that most people don’t try to get to know her any further. But when her true nature is revealed, she comes across as a beautiful person who is worth every trouble in this world.
“Don’t ever fight with Lisbeth Salander.Her attitude towards the rest of the world is that if someone threatens her with a gun, she’ll get a bigger gun” ~~~~~ Steig Larsson on Lisbeth Salander.