Happy Women’s Day

Today is the International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. Change cannot be brought about in a day and it is an ongoing process towards equality of women. I believe that our books are playing a very important role in bringing about this change. Whether you read biographies, autobiographies, memoirs or fiction, a strong woman leaves a mark on the psyche. And today, I have decided to look into four of my favourite fictional female characters and share with you my views on them.

The first character that comes to my mind is Hermione Granger. She is a brilliant student with a gifted mind and and when she befriends Harry & Ron, she never backs out. The dangers that the trio face through the seven years can break any friendship but never once does she deters from her path. Though, she cared about studies and grades, when Ron & Harry needed her help she never backs out; even if it meant breaking school rules. A constant support to Harry, she has been instrumental in their winning the battle against Voldemort. Kudos to the lady who as Ron had said early on, “needs to set her priorities straight”.

Another strong girl is Katniss Everdeen. She decides to volunteer and replaces her sister, Prim when she is chosen for the Hunger Games. What follows is Katniss’s fight for survival, first in the arena and later in the country against an oppressive ruler. What we see here is how strength of one girl can change the course of a regime. Kudos to Katniss for being the Mockingjay and fighting for what was right.

Lisbeth Salander is dark, twisted and has been through hell. The Millennium Trilogy is not for the weak heart and Lisbeth is no weak woman. Subjected to hardships for as long as she can remember, she has managed to stand up on her two feet, fighting for what’s her right and winning. Even when her heart breaks, she does not look back twice and moves ahead in life, forging her own way. I wish Steig Larsson had lived longer to write more about Lisbeth.

Vasilisa “Vasya” Petrovna. The Winternight Trilogy is another series that has left me mesmerised. The books, inspired by Russian mythology have been captivating from the first page. Vasya shows her grit and a certain defiance for rules from a very young age and she never once bows down to what she knows is wrong. As she grows up, she is forced to leave her home and she faces hardship which can break anyone but she doesn’t stop. She continues and keeps saving the world from monsters. I am yet to read the third part of the trilogy, which released in January but I am sure Vasya will save the day once again.

There are many female characters and if I start listing them, I will never manage to complete this post. I love these four the most because they are survivors. They have made tough choices in life and have gone against the current but they succeeded. It’s not like they didn’t lose anyone, all of them have lost a lot of people they loved. I cried when they lost, rejoiced when they won and I am so glad to have been a part of their life stories.

Did you also notice that three of these four characters have been created by women authors? Kudos to us women.

Happy Women’s Day again! Shine like you deserve to.

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