"Be the kind of woman that makes other women want to up their game"
Recently, I've been feeling empowered, empowered to loose weight, take more pride in my appearance and have given myself the kick up the bum I needed, to ensure that the grades I get in August are the ones I need, but more importantly, the ones I want for myself. Anyway, enough about that!
The point of this post, is to talk about my Top 5 Strong Female Characters, who are not necessarily protagonists, but, who inspire the readers to do great things, to recognise their worth as a woman, and overall blow your damn mind!!
1. Hermione Granger
Hermione not only puts up with all of Ron and Harry's rubbish, but aces her O.W.L.s, taking more than the normal amount of subjects, endeavours to do something meaning after she leaves Hogwarts, and even becomes Minister for Magic (sorry, Cursed Child spoiler)
2. Katniss Everdeen
Well, Katniss is a bad-ass, to put it simply. She fights harder than a lot of male protagonists do, and puts up with more than most of us could handle if stuck in a crazy Utopian world.
3. Elizabeth Bennett
Pride and Prejudice's very self secure protagonist. Lizzy knows what she wants in life and in love, and is in many ways, ahead of her time. Gutsy and vigilant, this Bennett sister is an excellent role model for Female empowerment and women's earth shattering ability to think for themselves.
4. Tina Goldstein
The heroine of J.K.Rowling's new 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', Tina Goldstein is not conventionally beautiful like her sister Queenie, but is still a career driven, headstrong, yet sensitive individual. She, like everyone else, hope to one day find love, which she may well have found in Mr Newt Scamander, but is also focused getting her MACUSA career back in control and ensuring protection of the wizarding world. Women can be so many things, and Tina is a perfect example.
5. Cath Avery
Everybody's favourite 'fangirl'. Shy, and modest Cath has to learn how to manage without her twin sister Wren, and shows the journey to independence diligently and never ceases to be the careful, empathetic character she had always been. She also shows it is possible to enjoy university without doing anything stupid - which is always advisable.
There we have it, my Top 5 Strong Female Characters, who inspire me and the reading world to be themselves.
However, and I'll address this here, I AM NOT A FEMINIST! I would be, and I think that feminism is great in theory, but I resent how some women who are practising feminists are becoming very anti-men and now believe, in some cases, that women deserve more rights than men. Surely, this would take us right back to the root of the problem? Believe in female rights, gender equality and female empowerment, yes, but you do not need to be anti-man to be pro-woman.
Anyway, that got way too deep for a Saturday evening, I should stop.