04/16/2012 12:53 pm ET Updated Jun 16, 2012

The Top 10 Heroes to Teach Your Daughter How to Fight

On the day my daughter was born, I started writing a book for her. The plan was that, over the course of her life, I'd fill it with advice on how to be a strong woman. But along the way, I got caught up in the stories of Amelia Earhart, Sally Ride, and so many others. So how do you pick the best heroes for your kids? It's like the Supreme Court definition of pornography: You know it when you see it. But as I look at the heroes in "Heroes For My Daughter," they all have one thing in common.

All are fighters. I don't apologize for it. I want my daughter to learn how to fight.

As I tell my daughter, when you want something in life -- no matter how impossible it seems -- you need to fight for it. When you believe in something, fight for it. And when you see injustice, fight harder than you've ever fought before. It's the lesson that links the lives of every single hero I picked for her. As I tell her: Don't be the princess waiting for the prince to come save you. You can save yourself.

So without further blabbering, here are the 10 best heroes to teach your daughter how to fight.


To buy a shirt featuring one of these heroes -- and contribute to charity -- please visit my website, Ordinary People Change The World.