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Strong Female Characters

Ten Inspirational Females From Literature

Louise Verity | Posted 12.01.2016 | Home
Louise Verity

Never underestimate the power of fiction. Over the years literature has provided us with a lot of kick-ass characters; characters who inspire us and ...

Why Guinevere Matters Now

Nicole Evelina | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home
Nicole Evelina

On January 1, my debut novel, Daughter of Destiny was published. It's the first book in an Arthurian legend historical fantasy trilogy which tells Guinevere's life story from her point of view, beginning at age 11 and continuing into her 50s.

Authors and the Characters We Love: It's Not Easy Setting Them Free

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 12.04.2016 | Home
Rachel Blaufeld

After putting a few finishing touches on my latest work-in-progress and sending it to my editor, a huge let-down washed over me.

I Don't Have Kids, But I Love My Elf On The Shelf

Christine Wojdyla | Posted 12.02.2016 | Women
Christine Wojdyla

I swore I'd never get one. I planned a life without an Elf. Even if tiny humans were to become a part of my world, it would be tough cookies for the kids, because their Elf would still be secretly hidden (and never coming out to spy on them). I was completely down with this plan. Until I wasn't.

Write Now: Creating Strong Female Characters

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.23.2016 | Home
Paul Bishop

I have been lucky. Most of my long term partners on the LAPD have been amazing detectives who just happened to be female. The writer side of me has been paying attention for a long time to how women on the job have to handle or put up with all manner of things male cops don't encounter.

How a Multiracial Cast Lead to "Fast and Furious 7's" Success

Ximena N. Beltran | Posted 09.15.2016 | Latino Voices
Ximena N. Beltran

History will not remember "The Fast and The Furious" as a work of art, but it will be the pioneering franchise that allowed a multiracial cast, predominately Latinos, to take center stage as full-fledged characters and not as caricatures of themselves - pillaging the box office in the process.

Strong Female Characters in Books: Are There Any Other Kind?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.10.2016 | Home
Kristen Houghton

Though I loved the adventurous gutsy Nancy Drew books, the very first really strong female characters I came across in my childhood reading were Scarlett O'Hara and Melanie Wilkes; women who showed their strength in different ways.

Little Girl Makes Excellent Case For Strong Female Characters

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents

Frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in literature? So is this little girl. On Wednesday, military officer and author Myke Cole tweet...

It's Time to End The Cliché of the 'Strong Female Character,' and Just Write Women

Bustle | Posted 12.13.2014 | Women

What does the "strong female character" imply? It gives a special category to women who are nuanced, who are capable of embodying contradictions. But that is the human condition, and to imply that such a woman is not the norm strips all females of their essential humanity

Is Katniss Everdeen Actually A Strong Female Character?

Posted 06.12.2014 | Home

The following is an abridged excerpt from Fan Phenomena: Hunger Games [Intellect Books, $22.00] by Nicola Balkind. Follow her on Twitter here. The ...

What Being A 'Strong Female Character' Really Means

Lauren Cooke | Posted 04.25.2014 | Teen
Lauren Cooke

A real person has conflicting feelings all the time and contradicts themselves by accident (as much as we hate to admit it), and it's okay because we're all human. We don't know what we want or how we feel. Or we do. Both is fine. But characters everywhere need to do the same to come alive.

These 8 Female Characters In Literature Deserve Their Own Damn Books

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.20.2014 | Home

Books give readers the unparalleled opportunity to assume the perspective of someone other than themselves. But in assuming the perspective of one cha...

Joss Whedon Gives The Perfect Answer To A Very Frustrating Question

Posted 10.28.2013 | Women

"Why do you always write these strong women characters?" That's the question that reporters ask "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" creator and "The Avenger...

27 Females Kicking Ass On TV (PHOTOS)

Posted 10.18.2013 | Crime

Nancy Reagan once said a woman is like a tea bag — that you can never tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. When it comes to lad...

Kerry Washington: Olivia Pope 'Fully Owns Being A Woman'

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.02.2013 | Women

Another day, another reason to love Kerry Washington. Washington portrays high-powered political crisis manager Olivia Pope on ABC's hit show 'Sca...

LOOK: Strong Female TV Characters

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.16.2013 | Women

While career prospects for women in Hollywood are rather bleak at the moment, there are some truly awesome roles for women being created on the small ...

5 Things We're Into This Week!

Posted 11.21.2012 | Teen

Every week, HuffPost Teen editors round up 5 things they're excited about -- from new video games, to books, to viral videos, to entertainment news. C...

Fall TV's Most Badass Women

HelloGiggles | Posted 10.05.2012 | Women

The fall TV season is finally upon us and in full swing, as most returning shows premiered their new seasons last week. And boy, is it ever a good tim...

Merida From 'Brave' In Real Life? (PHOTOS)

Posted 07.12.2012 | Teen

"Aeriat," a fiery-haired 19-year-old Redditor from Atlanta, Georgia is many things: a talented seamstress, archer, student in New York City, former re...

The Ultimate Faceoff: Katniss vs. Bella!

Posted 03.29.2012 | Teen

She can wield a bow and arrow like nobody's business and is so devoted to her family that she would fight to the death to protect them. Her opponent h...

A Defense of Katniss

Jody He | Posted 05.29.2012 | Teen
Jody He

Much like Harry Potter, Katniss is modest because of her desire to keep those whom she loves safe. Her strength and her willingness to sacrifice for the people she loves are what make Katniss, well, Katniss.

Bella Swan: A Strong Female Character

Renee DuShane | Posted 05.29.2012 | Teen
Renee DuShane

If you ask me, falling in love with someone should be seen as a leap of faith rather than a sign of being dependent. Maybe she does go a little weak in the knees, but Bella Swan is far from a weak female character.

Girl on Fire

Kayla Covert | Posted 05.23.2012 | Teen
Kayla Covert

Katniss is one of the most relatable characters in literarature. Her emphasis on the importance of doing what's right and being strong is probably the greatest message to give teenagers today.

Why I Love Katniss

Teresa DiLillo | Posted 05.23.2012 | Teen
Teresa DiLillo

It's okay to be strong and you should never weaken yourself, especially not for a boy, no matter how cute he may be. Katniss shows that it's okay for the girl to be the one doing the saving sometimes.

'Strong Female Characters' To End Sexism

Comics Alliance | Posted 08.28.2011 | Comedy

Cartoonist Kate Beaton has created another characteristically hilarious webcomic lampooning the popular treatment of female characters in mainstream A...