Unlike audacious men who run wild throughout the realm of literature, kickass female figures are significantly harder to find. Here are a handful of strong female protagonists you can add to your list.
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With her mastery of magic, encyclopedic knowledge, wits, and willingness to do what must be done, Hermione is one of literature's all-time greatest ass-kickers. Hermione helped millions embrace their inner nerds. Even as an adult, I consider her to be one of my role models.
Lizzie Bennett is way ahead of her time. Despite living in a world that just wasn't fair to women, she never deterred from speaking her mind. She is as strong, independent woman, as a woman in her time could be. Her existence makes young girls feel they can grow up to be the same.
In a dystopian future where women are the property of men, reading is forbidden among the fairer sex, and an old-testament-inspired terrorist organization has taken over the government, one woman dares to dream of a better life, and that women is Offred. Under the thumb of a lecherous commander, in the throes of an illicit romance, and consumed by memories of the family she has lost, this handmaid still manages to eke out a place for herself in history — and what could possibly be more hardcore than that?
Mired in the grotesque inequality of slavery, a defiant, daring, and unyielding Sofia refuses to submit to any man's control. Sparking a beacon of hope in an otherwise bleak world, Sofia stakes her claim to freedom within a climate of absolute intolerance, making her undoubtedly one of the fiercest female characters in all of fiction.
Jo March meets and masters any challenge with a restless heart and nerves of steel. When there's rescuing to be done, strong-willed and impulsive Jo leads the charge. This is one feisty female protagonist who earns her battle scars for her family.
A bold traveler Lucy Pevensie is an inspirational example of a woman, actually a girl, bravely going where men feared to tread. She has inspired millions to go forth and conquer the unknown.
Righting wrongs, kicking ass, and taking names in the boldest, most brutal ways possible, Lisbet is utterly unforgettable. She sets her own rules and standards, and doesn’t deviate from them. She understands her flaws in a way that very few do. She uses them to push herself to be her best shelf as she views herself, not who others want her to be.
Not only did she, overcome adversity by reading books, Matilda taught herself telekinesis. She messed with people her hilariously clever way, while always sticking to her surprisingly flawless moral compass.
Through war, famine, heartbreak, and hard-won victory, Scarlett O'Hara rages on, a ravishing beauty with a heart of steel. Although she never took up arms, no one fought longer or harder than Ms. O'Hara, making this Southern Belle a bad ass.
This outspoken orphan lives every day like it is an adventure and never backs down from a fight. Anne may not have the most powerful weapons, but she fought with the sharpest tongue on Prince Edward Island, and she's not afraid to use it.
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