8th March is celebrated all over the world as International Women’s Day. It’s a day dedicated to the amazing and outstanding womankind, so, happy women’s day to all the strong and beautiful women out there. But, women’s day does not mean celebrating being a woman for a day only. It’s time that we start celebrating every day, every moment of our lives. We should celebrate our strength and we should learn to love and respect ourselves in each passing moment. Throughout my life, I’ve met several women who have inspired me. Some of them are from the real world and some belong to the fictional world that never felt unreal. In a way or another, all of them have motivated me to become a better version of myself. In this article, I will share about 25 fictional characters who have motivated me in my daily life.
1. Hermione Granger – The Harry Potter Series
Hermione Granger was the brightest witch of her age. Like any other Gryffindor she was brave and adventurous, but that’s not it. She was a great friend and an exceptionally smart girl as well. Her intelligence and quick thinking saved her friends multiple times. As Emma Watson said, “Young girls are told you have to be a delicate princess. Hermione taught them that you can be a warrior.”
2. Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice
Elizabeth Bennet was a woman whose thinking was centuries ahead of her time. In an era where young women were taught to be a perfect lady and the society thought, the only ambition of a woman should be to become a housewife, Lizzie decided to be a self-sufficient woman who wouldn’t hesitate to express her opinions and ideas. She spoke her mind and that’s where feminism starts.
3. Scarlett O’Hara – Gone with the Wind
While reading ‘Gone with the Wind’, there comes a moment when we all want to slap Scarlett O’Hara yet we could not deny the fact that her strength was unbeatable. She made a lot of mistakes in her life, she suffered, but her spirit never died.
4. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games Series
She never thought herself as a hero, but she inspired an entire nation to rebel against the autocratic government in the best-selling dystopian novel. She sacrificed herself to save his younger sister from the hunger games. But, it was not only her sacrifice that encouraged the young women, it was her determination and indomitable strength of mind which earned her our respect.
5. Mary Poppins – Mary Poppins
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be Mary Poppins because she could solve all the problems with her magic. Still, I want to be like Mary Poppins. Obviously, having the magical power is not possible. But, she was kind and she faced all the challenges with bravery. I’m sure she does not only inspire little girls, her strength inspires women at every age.
6. Elle Woods – Legally Blonde
In a male-dominated society, it’s difficult for a girl to make her own place. And when a woman chooses a feminine appearance, she becomes an easy victim of stereotyping. Elle Woods had to face the hardship when she decided to stand for a cause. But, her ferocity and earnest intensity made the society to think differently. Elle Woods actually taught me the world can be nasty, but that does not mean you have to change your beliefs to match the thinking of the crowd.
7. Jane Eyre – Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre was published in the first half of the 19th century, yet she inspires modern women. Jane Eyre was someone who was always ready to give her life for the people she loved and Jane loved herself as well. From her I learned, you can overcome your past by looking at your better future and only you can make your life better.
8. Mulan – Mulan
Mulan was not a fearless soul. But, what makes Mulan unique is her fear did not stop her to set foot in an unexplored territory. Mulan’s every action roared the simple yet significant message of women empowerment. Every woman, who has watched the film at a young age learned not to think she can’t do something, just because she is a woman. We call it girl power.
9. Blair Waldorf – Gossip Girl
Blair Waldorf was a force to be reckoned with. She showed the world you have to become intimidating sometimes to earn the respect you deserve. Blair made the people around her to awe her. She never believed in the destiny instead she believe in her won aptitude. Waiting for something to happen without taking steps to make it happen is not a thing a strong woman would do.
10. Brooke Davis – One Tree Hill
In a world full of judgmental people, you will be judged by everyone mercilessly. Brooke was not an exception in this case. What made Brooke Davis stand out in the crowd is, she forced the world to judge her by her work, and not by her appearance. She was proud of being herself and that’s what made us love her.
11. Lydia Martin – Teen Wolf
She is an ordinary girl but with an unusual power. Though Lydia was scared of not only the world she stepped into, but herself as well but her fear never made her weak. Instead, she overcame her fear and turned it into her strength. She taught me, not to let the fear become an obstacle in my way.
12. Belle – Beauty and The Beast
She didn’t dream of a prince charming, instead of dreaming about a prince she decided to gain knowledge by reading books. At the end of the day, it was Belle who became the savior of the beast. Belle will always inspire young girls to become a strong woman.
13. Olivia Pope – Scandal
When life throws lemons at you, make lemonade with it. This woman will make you fear her by her appearance. She never fears to face any difficulty that comes on her way of achieving what she wants. She is hell of a woman.
14. Hazel Grace – The Fault In Our Stars
Hazel Grace! She was a girl who knew death is waiting for her just around the corner. Yet, she did not give away living the life to the fullest. She lived and she loved, she got hurt, but she enjoyed life. The young girl actually taught us the basic mantra of our lives i.e. LIVING.
15. Princess Anne – The Roman Holiday
If I’ve to describe Princess Anne in a word, I will say ‘brave’! She was someone who was restricted by rules and regulations. But, one day her adventurous soul took over as she decided to go beyond her small world. She taught me, instead of fearing the unknown, take a closer look at it. It might be full of surprises and happiness.
16. Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter Series
Luna taught the world being different is good. In fact, it’s great sometimes. It is not necessary to change yourself to blend in the crowd. Stand out, be who you are cause your appearance is not everything about you. You are much more than your exterior.
17. Daenerys Targaryen – The Game of Thrones
This list is incomplete without her. A woman who has been challenged by her situation everyday, came out as a winner against every odd. She never let her circumstances decide her fate. She made her own destiny. Nonetheless she never forget compassion is a quality everyone should have. A great leader and a great woman, Daenerys will continue inspiring women of many generation.
18. Dana Scully – The X-Files
It is difficult for a woman to make her identity in male dominated job. But, Dana Scully earned respect for her sheer brilliance, professionalism, and dedication. She was wise, intelligent, kind and fiercely loyal. Scully was a feminist icon in the 90’s. She’s inspiring women decades later as well.
19. Stella Gibson – The Fall
I wish I were Stella Gibson. She is one of the strongest woman I’ve ever come across till today. Describing Stella is easy. She never let the society dominate her free will. She just wanted to give her best to her job where she is nothing less than the best. It’s time that we all get over with the social standard of how a woman should behave just the Stella did. What say?
20. Lisbeth Salander – The Girl With Dragon Tattoo
From the name of the story, you can feel this story is about an extremely strong woman. Smart and shrewd Lisbeth was someone who knew the foul world very well. If she taught anything to the world that is do not put up with any kind of injustice ever!
21. Queenie Goldstein – The Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them
At the first sight of Queenie, you might not consider her as a woman with any extraordinary characteristic. And here is where you are wrong. She proved she is not only an awesome wizard but a brave, intelligent, witty woman with a unique personality. She is an admirable woman and we can’t but love her style. Queenie proved you can dress up like a girly girl or a tomboy or however you want and yet be a strong person.
22. Jessica Pearson – Suits
Fierce and ambitious, Jessica Pearson is a kick-ass woman we look up to. Jessica is a living example who proves if a woman decides to achieve something, she can reach the height of the success and no people or no circumstances can stop her from reaching there. A woman as formidable as her is worth mentioning.
23. Arya Stark – The Game of Thrones ‘Braveheart’ is the first word that comes to our mind when we think about Arya Stark. Her unbreakable spirit and resolution made her a rock-solid woman. Arya was thrown into a perilous situation at a tender age. But, with perennial courage she came out as a survivor. No doubt she became a great source of motivation for the women.
24. Minerva McGonagall – Harry Potter Series
‘Formidable’! This one word is more than enough to describe her. She possess great leadership quality and she was fiercely devoted towards her duty. This list would have been worthless if I don’t mention McGonagall who has inspired me with her wisdom and motivated me with her dedication since the very first day I came across her.
25. Sati – The Shiva Trilogy
Last but not the least, Sati from the Shiva Trilogy. A woman who is source of the ultimate inspiration for me. She was a skilled and fierce warrior but that’s not what made her a powerful character to admire. It was her ability of discovering and accepting the truth, which makes her an inspiration for the readers. It’s not easy to embrace the truth when you are made to believe otherwise throughout your life but she did not only accept it, she fought for the same till her last breath.