1) Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series
We all know our favorite witch was responsible for saving Harry and Ron multiple times throughout the series, using the might of her mind just as much as the flick of her wand. What I love most about Hermione is that she did not care at all about impressing boys or looking pretty. She was content with reading books, snuggling with her cat, and pursuing her own academic interests, dating be damned (until Ron got his act together, of course.)
2) Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind
Raised in an era where she was taught to ‘be a lady’ and leave the hard work to the men, Scarlett O’Hara went against all expectations and scandalized society by starting her own business and spending her days working instead of sitting in a parlour working on her embroidery. She wasn’t afraid of hard work and almost single-headedly saved her beloved Tara from ruin and financial devastation. Oh yeah, she also helped deliver a baby and shot and killed a guy who was robbing her.
3) Ringer from The 5th Wave trilogy
One of the most badass heroines in YA literature, Ringer doesn’t have time for your corny jokes, Ben – she’s too busy kicking alien ass and saving what’s left of humanity.
4) Georgiana/Chase from Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
Lady Georgiana is a single mother who also happens to masquerade as Chase, the founder/owner of the notorious London gambling hell, The Fallen Angel. Considered a disgrace by the elite for having a child out of wedlock, Georgiana forged her own path to success and independence and came out on top.
5) Yukiko from the Lotus War trilogy
Why bother with romance when you could form a psychic bond with a thunder tiger and save your country from the brink of destruction? Yukiko does have a romantic arc with Kin, a boy she befriends in the first book, (and it’s really quite sweet) but she definitely has her own story to tell.
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