I love nothing more than a strong woman character well represented in literature. Even as a child, I loved reading about inspirational and empowering characters. I still think about all the life lessons I learned from them.
Below are a few of my favorites – if I’ve missed any let me know in the comments below.
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Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Independent, self-motivating, and full of wit — Jane Eyre is one of the most inspirational female characters in history, and I don’t see that changing.
Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Hermionie was one of the first characters that helped me embrace my love for books and never back down from a challenge.
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Some might say Elizabeth Bennet is a little stubborn at times, but throughout the book it’s obvious why Elizabeth’s clever and vivacious charm makes her one character that has inspired people throughout generations.
Éowyn from The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkein
Unsatisfied with the life she’s been given, Éowyn is willing to run after the life she wants, which happens to be on the battlefield.
Matilda from Matlida by Roald Dahl
Snarky and eager to make things right, Matilda will always be an inspiring character when it comes to standing up for what you believe in.
Athena from The Odyssey by Homer
Athena is a master of disguises, a natural warrior, and a clever goddess.
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Katniss was just an average girl in District 12 who loved her sister more than anything else, and then she became one of the most incredible heroines fiction has ever seen.
Janie Crawford from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
After a life of heartache and disappointment, bad marriages and complicated situations, Janie still chooses to jump right back into the game of life without a skipping a beat.