On Wednesdays I post my “Top 5” which comes from a GoodReads group that creates topics for bloggers to write about. The month of February uses topics that are in some way related to romance, love, and Valentines Day. The topic this week is “Independent Ladies”. I love this topic. The group describes it as: Favorite leading ladies who aren’t distracted from getting shit done by their love interest (they can still have a romance subplot – this is going to be subjective based on what you think would be ~too much~).
When I read that description, my first thought was immediately Katniss. Sure, there is a love triangle in this series and Katniss has a lot of emotion and confusion surrounding Peeta and Gale but she never lets that stop her from getting things done. Even though love plays a big part in this series, I think that Katniss still would’ve made a lot of the same decisions had there been no love interest (minus the decisions made solely on Peeta or Gale, of course).
Now, When Dimple Met Rishi is pretty much all about romance. However, if you’ve read this then you know without a doubt that Dimple was a head-strong, independent girl who couldn’t care less about finding the “IIM” (Ideal Indian Man). She just wanted to work on her passion: coding. Of course, when she meets Rishi they begin a relationship, but I still think that Dimple has a great sense of independence that she carries with her throughout the entirety of the book.
*Spoilers* I get it if you think this is a weird choice but honestly… isn’t Amy the ultimate girl-who-gets-shit-done??? She said to hell with love and framed her husband for her disappearance. Plus, her cool-girl dialogue? Does it even get any better than that? Maybe it says a ton about me but I have been amazed by Amy and her plan since the day I saw this movie and the book is even better. She entirely embodies this post in my opinion.
If you’re not into classics, you may not realize this, but Hester Prynne is one of the earliest strong female characters in literature. The actual story itself is outdated, sure, but it’s still pretty relatable for girls/women today in some loose senses. We might not have to sew scarlet A’s into our clothes but girls get slut-shamed all the time. Hester stood up for herself and didn’t let this punishment control her life. She was a single mother and she absolutely did not need the father of her child. That puts her on this list for me.
Honestly, all of the girls in this book that take part in The Nowhere Girls “club” should be on this, but that’d take far too much time, so I just featured the three main girls. This book is amazing (and I’d recommend it 10/10) and is basically about teenage girls forming an alliance and fighting back against sexual harassment, assault, and rape. All of the girls take a stance and I think that makes them extremely independent, powerful, and brave.