Who’s Your Favorite Strong Female Character?

Books with Strong Female Characters

As the mother of four girls, I love that books with strong female characters abound for every age:

Nancy Drew and Annie (from the Magic Tree House) set out on adventures to solve mysteries and help those in need.

Hermione is unabashedly smart, never pretending to be dumb around boys or other girls, and her genius helps solve more than a few mysteries along the way.

Tris and Katniss refuse to accept the way things are and stand up against injustice.

Alice (from What Alice Forgot) fights to rediscover herself and rebuild her life.

Summer (from Wonder) befriends the friendless and discovers a best friend in he process.

I hope that I would be the kind of person to fight injustice, to do what’s right instead of just what’s easy — I hope I am that kind of person — and I love to read stories about girls and women who do just that.

But more importantly, I want my girls to be surrounded by these stories too so that they’ll have these characters in their corner as they grow up (along with the strong women they know in real life) to help them find the strength to do what’s right, to be themselves and to face new situations with courage.

Who’s Your Favorite Strong Female Character?

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Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.
  • Heather JK

    Oh my goodness, what a great topic! You named some great ones (I just finished Wonder and I LOVED Summer). I’d add Elizabeth Bennet to that list, as well as Scout Finch, Anne Shirley, and Ramona Quimby. I could go on and on. However, my all-time favorite strong female character is Jane Eyre. One of my favorite quotes from her in the book: “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” It gives me goosebumps, especially when you consider that Jane Eyre was written back in 1847. That Charlotte Bronte was ahead of her time. :)

    • katharine

      oh i am right with you — jane eyre is amazing. i love it when mr. rochester tells her that no one would know if they ran away together and she replies that she would know and that God would know. thanks for the reminder. time to read it again.

  • Debbie Quick

    What a wonderful and diverse list up there! I had to vote for 8 different books because they are all on my forever favorite books! Corrie Ten Boom was at the very top of my list! If she did not display courage and strength I don’t know who did…of course, she had the Lord God Almighty to give her those qualities. God bless you!