In recognition of International Women’s Day! I decided to do a list of top five girls who show that woman can be powerful, beautiful and as smart as men and they aren’t always the “damsel in distress”. The following five characters from Young-Adult literature display these “Girl Power” qualities (They aren’t in order):
1) Katniss Everdeen: The Hunger Games
Nobody can forget this woman. She saved Peeta, her family and pretty much all of panem. She was a leader and idol for everyone in her district and provides the reader with someone to look up to. For once, it isn’t a boy who is the main superhero that saves the whole town, it is a girl, Katniss Everdeen.
2) Rose Hathaway: Vampire Academy
She is honestly, one of the most inspiring YA heroines I have ever read. I love how she still is a teen with a complicated love life, she loves fashion, has a best friend and loves doing pretty much everything a teenage girl loves to do. But she still is really strong, has a lot of confidence and has a sassy personality. She saves so many people and I love her character.
3)Annabeth Chase: Percy Jackson and The Olympians and Heroes of Olympus
I have looked up to her all my life. When I first read this series, I knew that I wanted to be like Annabeth. She was so smart and athletic but still was slightly vulnerable. She was a very realistic character and anybody who has read these series would know how strong of a character she is. She may not be the main character but she still has a strong personality that could be equal with Percy’s.
4) Tris Prior: Divergent
Like, Katniss Everdeen, Tris Prior was the main heroine in Divergent and saved her whole world. She was selfless and brave and held all the qualities that women want. Men are often depicted as brave but Tris showed that women can be equally as courageous.
5) Cassie O’Sullivan: The 5th Wave
She is also a really strong character that struggled with so many losses but still managed to keep on her feet and survive in an alien apocalypse. She is a leader in her kid-cult and she is an idol to her little brother. She is really brave but still goes through love-problems like every teen does.
This was my quick post for International Women’s Day. I believe both genders should be treated equally and women shouldn’t be demeaned for who they were born to be. Men should be treated equally as well and we shouldn’t leave men with that gender-stereotype of a strong hero who boxes up their feelings, for men are human beings as well. History shouldn’t dictate our gender equality rights. Everyone should make their own step to discarding those stupid gender stereotypes, because all the little steps will help to reach the final goal.
I hope you enjoyed it! Happy International Women’s Day!