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On the day of International Women’s Day, we take a look at some of the strong female characters in literature who may have been role models for many readers.


matildaMatilda from Roald Dahl’s Matilda: An avid reader like many of us, Matilda fights to get what she believes to be justice for herself and her classmates. She doesn’t let her family put her down, and her belief in herself and her powers are her main strengths.

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harry potterHermione Granger from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series: Intelligent, brave and always there for her two friends, Hermione is a vital part of the ‘golden trio’.

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madding crowdBathsheba Everdene from Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd: Fierce and independent, Bathsheba defies the expectations of her as a women, at the time the novel is set.

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hunger gamesKatniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Series: Katniss owes her name to the previously mentioned Bathsheba Everdene. Katniss is protective of her family and loved-ones. She never fails to fight for what she believes in and stand up for those that need her help.

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charlotteCharlotte from E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web: Okay so she’s a spider, but that doesn’t stop her teaching us compassion, bravery, love and strength.

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much adoBeatrice from William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing: A women who knows she does not need a man to be strong, her independence is fierce and defiant.

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to kill a mockingbirdJean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: Always equal to her brother Jem Finch, Scout is a strong, fierce young girl who believes in justice for those who are not guilty.

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book thiefLiesel Meminger from Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief: A strong young girl who continues to fight for what she thinks is right despite awful circumstances. Always equal to her friend Rudy in everything the do together.

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Who was your literary role model, let us know by voting in our poll and if your favourite literary heroine is missing from our list let us know!

 

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