Let’s Talk: FE&L #8- Female Role-Models in Literature and Why They’re Relevant




Female Role-Models in Literature and Why They’re Relevant



Hello, everyone. I’m Natalie, from Science, Books and Silly Things and I want to thank Batool for this amazing opportunity.
Every one of us has a role model (or several) in literature, be it because they are a badass character or

because they have a characteristic that makes us identify with them.


Let’s talk about female role models. Some people think some of the female main characters

in, let’s say, YA books are weak because they “can’t do anything without a man” and “their

whole world turns around a guy.” Let’s be honest. Girls fall in love, and they can be badass

while doing it. (Guys fall in love as well, but when they do, and do something about it, they are

considered sensitive and cute. Double standard, much?) Love does not make us weak, in fact, it makes

us stronger. Female characters make tough decisions in the name of love, and what they believe.

Shouldn’t we take that example?


Female empowerment is important. As women, we need to realize that we matter, that we can make

our own choices, no matter what society thinks. Some writers know that, and if they don’t, they should

take an example from these amazing characters, Strong female characters exist, and there are a lot of

them. You just have to know where to look. Don’t hide behind that Mary Sue excuse and say that there’s

no strong female representation in literature. That’s wrong.


Exhibit #1: Rose Hathaway, from the Vampire Academy series

She’s smart, she’s resourceful, and she fights for the people she loves.

She doesn’t let a crush define her life. Okay, there is a time where she has to do certain

things for the man she loves, but mainly she’s just this badass character that loves to fight, and is

amazing at it. She is also definitely not ashamed of her sexuality. That’s tough to find in a main character

these days. This is why she’s one of my favorite female characters.


Exhibit #2: Sydney Sage

There’s an endless list of characters I can name, and some others from

Richelle Mead are on my list, including Sydney Sage, a prodigiously smart Alchemist that once stood up

for her people’s beliefs and then realized they were wrong. She then started fighting for what she

thought was right, against her people, WHILE falling in love.  If you don’t think that’s badass,

I don’t know what is, especially as everyone (including her love interest) depends on her on the

Bloodlines series. *shrugs* She is my #1 literary role model.


Exhibit #3: Lady Katsa

Now, the one that I always like to mention when I talk about female

empowerment: Katsa, from Graceling. Katsa is amazing, at first she’s oppressed by her uncle, but then

she stands up to him, after she realizes that she is powerful enough to make her own decisions. She’s a

great role model, a symbol for women that need to realize how powerful they can be when they

become aware of how their choices, thoughts and feelings matter and shouldn’t be oppressed.


Exhibit #4: Annabeth Chase

This one’s important. Why? Because Rick Riordan created Annabeth. He

created this smart, strong female character that is focused on what she wants in life. She’s Athena’s

daughter. That usually means she should be Percy’s enemy or something. Guess what? She fights it. She

becomes his friend, and eventually they fall in love, but that’s not what I wanted to say. Annabeth is the

type of character that you can’t say is weak. Even when she’s obviously suffering, she keeps on fighting

and doesn’t let go of her hopes and dreams. Annabeth goes against all the stereotypes.

Exhibit #5: Katniss Everdeen

Need I say something else? Didn’t think so.

Katniss is a strong, female character that came from the

bottom of the food chain, that they didn’t see coming. She started a revolution, people. All because of

love. Impressive, right? 🙂


A strong character isn’t defined for insensitivity. It’s defined for his or her

actions, and the reasons behind them. Is that so far from reality? I mean, fighting for what you believe

and who you love is an impressive and important feat. Would doing it for your lover diminish the power

of these actions? I sure hope not. Love is love… and that’s why female characters are so important in

literature. Because they show us that friendship, family and love are essential to live and to be more

sensitive human beings.






3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk: FE&L #8- Female Role-Models in Literature and Why They’re Relevant

  1. “A strong character isn’t defined for insensitivity. It’s defined for his or her

    actions, and the reasons behind them.”

    So true! Being strong doesn’t mean you have a lack of emotion. Emotion makes us human.

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