I've been really inspired lately by a whole bunch of women, both in my personal life and the life I have in front of the TV at night watching awesome movies, or sitting in the corner reading a great book, and those women are who I want to talk about right now, the women both fictional or real, the women who basically kick-ass. So get comfy for a list of strong-inspiring female characters in books & film that we should all try to channel at some point in our lives.
Now for me Elle Woods reigns above anyone else. She goes and gets dumped by a total douche (excuse my french) because she is not serious enough, because she is not smart enough. How dare he? Anyways after seeing her ex's brother in the newspaper announcing his engagement to a some plank of wood she decides that the best way to win him back would be to get into Harvard and prove she is more than just her favourite pair of Jimmy Choos, and she gets in......woohoo! Go Elle! What I loved about this character in an environment where everyone is practically judging her, she is still herself, she never questions herself whilst she stands in a pool of different people. she struggles at first but then strives and even after seeing her ex douches new fiance she still doesn't back down, she keeps going, thriving when anyone else would expect her to waver and give up. SHE DOESN'T. She lands the internship gig and ends up replacing the lawyer who hired her, another douche by the way.
Elle Woods is one of those characters who sure could go about the rest of her life depending on her looks and wit but she chose to become more because she was more than all the material things, all she needed was that little push.
I'll agree with anyone who has only seen the movies, Katniss is a little annoying, seems a bit up her own butt, but then I read the books and you start to understand the Katniss on the big screen. We learn more about her in the books and that honestly is the only reason she has made the list. Let's start first of all she is supporting her sister and mother in a District where it's become common for people to just drop dead from starvation. She then volunteers to die to save her sister, she defies the Capitol and the President because she fell in love knowing that the repercussions would be deadly. She then stands up against the Capitol and becomes the face of a revolution to overturn the Capitol and to end The Hunger Games and she isn't even 18 yet. For a young women in that time and place she has a lot on her plate but she keeps doing the right thing, and by right thing I mean she doesn't let anyone tell her what to do, it's her way or no way. That's what I love about Katniss, yes she was young and that could have easily been used to control her but she knew who she was and she knew how to use her power as the Mockingjay and get what she wanted in the end.
So can we all just raise our arms and bow down to the queen that is Miss Granger. Without her Harry would be sod all, literally and I will prove it. With out Hermione they wouldn't have known how to have escaped the Devil's Snare to reach the Philosophers Stone, if Hermione wasn't petrified but killed by the Basilisk they wouldn't have known what was petrifying the students, without Hermione and her Time-Turner they wouldn't have been able to go back and save Sirius Black from the dementors, without Hermione Harry wouldn't have known the summoning charm, that helps him escape the cemetery, without Hermione Harry wouldn't have convinced Harry to check on Sirius who wasn't home but because of that Snape was able to warn the Order to help them at the Ministry, without Hermione Harry and Ron would not have been able to escape the Death Eaters that crashed Bill and Fleurs wedding, and finally without Hermione Harry would have been killed by Nagini that night in Godrics Hollow. SO YOU ARE WELCOME HARRY!
Leigh Ann Tuohy
I fell in love with The Blind Side the moment I started watching it and what made it even better was that at the end you saw the real people the film was portraying because it was a true story and it made the watching experience 10 times better, but one character that really stood out to me and made me feel strong as a women and a mother was Leigh Ann. From your initial look yes she comes across as a small petite southern housewife, but under that is an incredibly strong women you don't want to mess with, we see Leigh Ann take in a boy who she doesn't know, someone who she knew would cause her friends to maybe question her. A mothers heart is truly a great and giant thing and what she did for him was incredible. We see her face danger by supporting him and standing by him when everyone told her she was being foolish, she took him in, gave him a home, helped him get an education which then resulted in an amazing future, one he wouldn't have had if she never stopped that car.
M'Lynn and Shelby Eatenton
I'm going to start this by saying if you haven't seen Steel Magnolias you NEED to go watch it now. The final female on my list is a mother, daughter pair. Now M'Lynn is mother to Shelby who is Type 1 Diabetic. Before her wedding we see Shelby fall into a hypoglycemic shook and with M'Lynn there she was able to recover quickly. A little while later Shelby announces that she is pregnant, M'Lynn isn't so overjoyed as it was believed Shelby couldn't have children but then it's revealed she shouldn't have children because of her diabetes and the fact that she could die in child birth because of it. Shelby has a healthy baby boy but after a year her kidney starts to fail and she starts dialysis, M'Lynn goes above and beyond by donating Shelby one of her kidneys and Shelby continues with life believing it was a success. Yet it wasn't Shelbys husband comes home to find her passed out and when they get to the hospital they learn her body is rejecting the kidney and she has fallen into a coma. Now as I write this my emotion is high because this film is truly heart wrenching but I want you to find out for yourself so I'll finished here and you can see why these to women belong on this list.
Now all these women have been through trying times, have had to make hard sacrifices and gone through heartbreak but with everything they've been through they've come out strong, they went through with grace and dignity and most importantly throughout it all they never lost who they were, they all remained true to themselves.
Are there any strong female characters you love? Comment down below. X