The women over at The Broke and the Bookish asked for a list of top ten heroines in literature. I’m gonna guess that there will be many similarities on lists today, which is wonderful and sad because that means there needs to be more strong, kick-ass female characters for readers!
Here’s my list in order of introduction:
1. Laura Ingalls Wilder from The Little House on the Prairie series…for enduring the harsh struggles of a pioneer life all the while engaging in honest to goodness childhood adventure and whimsy.
2. Jean Louise Finch (Scout) from To Kill a Mickingbird…for proving that a confident, intelligent and thoughtful tomboy was ok. Not ok…wonderful!
3. Wonder Woman…for leading a double life, being a feminist, kicking butt and the only female superhero!
4. Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice…for being an “obstinate, head-strong girl” in the early 1900s.
5. Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter series for being intelligent, brave and a true friend to all of those around her.
6. Lisbeth Salander from The Millenium Series…for kicking-major ass.
7. Marielle Duval from An Untamed State…for being a multi-faceted and resilient real woman before, during and after a devastating ordeal.
8. Dear Sugar (Cheryl Strayed) from Tiny Beautiful Things and also now on podcast… for telling it like it is with honesty and compassion.
9. Nell Stone from Euphoria…for going up against a male dominated profession with something they were lacking…empathy and compassion for other cultures.
10. Florence Gordon from Florence Gordon…for 75 years she was “blunt, brilliant, cantankerous and passionate, a feminist icon to young women, invisible and under appreciated by most everyone else”. (Google books)