Today is International Women’s Day and to celebrate, I thought I’d list 20 of my favourite books with strong female characters. Here you go:
HARRY POTTER SERIES
The Harry Potter series features a plethora of strong female characters; my favourite being Hermione.
CHRONICLES OF NARNIA SERIES
The Chronicles of Narnia is another childrens’ series feature wonderful role models for young girls, particularly Lucy Pevensie.
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
Another fantasy series that involves very strong female characters. This series also displays how female characters can be strong in different ways. The brutish physical strength of Brienne and Arya’s skilled mastery of Needle and the motherly affection of Catelyn to Cersei’s unquenchable thirst for power and Asha’s practical approach to life despite the prejudice ridden society she lives in and even Sansa’s quiet emotional strength has its charms.
Charlotte Brontë‘s Jane Eyre not only provides us with a strong female protagonist but also a great example of a strong female writer.
GONE WITH THE WIND
Margaret Mitchell is another strong female author who provides amazing female characters in her books. Scarlett being the prime example.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is an amazing childrens’ book that provides its readers with great role models. My favourite is Jo.
The Shiva Trilogy retells Hindu Mythology and gives women a better position than the original mythology does.
SCION OF IKSHVAKU
Scion of Ikshavaku, being a prequel of The Shiva Trilogy, continues in the depiction of women as strong, independant individuals.
THE BOOK THIEF
The Book Thief, though not traditionally a ‘feminist work,’ provides us with well-rounded amazing female characters like Liesel Meminger and Rosa Hubermann.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Scout is possibly the most memorable female role model.
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
Memoirs of a Geisha provides us with the story of an independent girl trying to survive in a society where a girl’s virginity is sold off to the highest bidder.
ARMS AND THE MAN
George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man tells us what happens when a poor young wants to climb the social ladder and the measures she must adopt in order to do so.
KANE AND ABEL AND THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER
Kane and Abel and The Prodigal Daughter tell the story of the first female President of the United States from childhood to presidency.
Despite being the story of how a man manages to get away with stealing a few million dollars from his law firm, the ending of this great tale features a brilliant move from a female side-kick that makes her the winner in the end.
A DOLL’S HOUSE
The play might initially seem misogynistic, but the ending, I think, makes for a feminist work.
THE PELICAN BRIEF
When two Supreme Court Justices are murdered, the entire nation begins speculating as to why but it is young law student Darby Shaw who stumbles upon the answer and must now protect her life from unseen forces in the dark. Let’s just say that the story of a young girl standing her own against large, shady corporations makes for an amazing story.
THE EVERMEN SAGA
This fantasy series features a young girl Ella who must fight against gods in order to ensure the freedom of her fellow humans.
DADDY LONG LEGS
While Judy’s apparent independence is a topic of debate, I feel she becomes more and more indepenndent as the book goes on and finds her freedom by the end of the book.
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Maggie is married to the man of her dreams, a man she loves with all her heart. There is only one problem, her husband, Brick is gay and mourning the death of his best friend and romantic interest. Stuck in this precarious situation, Maggie’s way of handling the situation shows her true strength.
TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES
Tess is a pure woman who is corrupted by her supposed cousin. This makes her the subject of social ridicule. However, the way she handles every situation thrown at her by life makes her an amazing character.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Which books do you think feature strong female characters? Let me know in the comments!
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