1. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Basically, Hermione is a badass. Since her introduction, she has grown into a literary feminist icon. Over the course of her seven-year story arc, we saw her character develop into a brave, empowering young women who’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes in and can also hold her own against the boys – an ideal that has translated into real-life. Oh, and she also delivered one of the best on-screen punches of all time.
2. Mary Lennox, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
At the start of the novel, Mary’ a tad stand-offish but you’ve got to give her a break. This 10-year-old had just survived a fatal fire in India that saw her orphaned (to parents that she never saw) and sent to her uncle’s manor in England – a guy that wanted nothing to do with her. But through the ‘magic’ of her mother’s hidden garden, she regains her confidence and happiness to become a truly gratuitous human.
3. Matilda, Matilda by Roald Dahl.
What’s not to love about a story where a little girl finds magic through reading? Although, maybe Matilda went a little overboard as she started to produce actual magic, through the form of telekinesis. Born into a family that doesn’t want or appreciate her (hello Harry Potter!), Matilda matured quickly and made the best out of her situation – she reached an adult reading level by the age of four! Thankfully, Miss Honey sees her potential and kindly takes her in, allowing Matilda to no doubt grow up and change the world.
4. Sara Crewe, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
I have a confession to make, I had no idea that ‘A Little Princess’ was actually a book ’til right now. This was and will forever be one of my favourite childhood movies (along with The Secret Garden, which I now appreciate for the beautiful garden as much as the story itself). Sara, the protagonist of this story, is sent to a boarding school when her father goes off to war. Tragedy ensues but true to her character, Sara shows graciousness and bravery which are key traits of any young feminist.
5. Georgia Nicolson, The Georgia Nicolson Series by Louise Rennison
Okay, so maybe this one’s a bit more like a feminist-in-the-making #hatersgonhate. Yes Georgia spent a large amount of her time pining after boys and focussing on her appearance but what teenage girl didn’t? What shines through here is her confidence and her ability to admit when she’s wrong – which is surprisingly a not-so-simple task for many people.
6. Lucy Pevensie, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
Seriously though, who didn’t love the idea of Narnia when they were growing up? Even just the thought that a magical world filled with endless turkish delight could be right behind your closet. Throughout the novels, Lucy, the youngest of the Pevensie siblings, showed courage like no other. Even as a young woman, she dared to go where men before her had previously fled. #Queen
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