Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, here are some of the female characters that I really love and consider my personal feminist icons. In no particular order, they are…
Asami Sato (Legend of Korra)
A beautiful bisexual woman of color. She’s very kind and caring but is the furthest thing from a doormat. Despite not having any bending she is extremely skilled and intelligent, excelling as a mechanic and businesswoman. Cunning, resourceful, and stylish, she’s a great example of a feminine woman who can still kick ass done right.
Another beautiful woman of color, who is also on the autism spectrum (and thus I can relate to her a lot). She’s a complex character who believes in doing the right thing but goes about it the wrong way, but has the capacity to change.
Honey Lemon and Gogo Tomago (Big Hero 6)
Two women of color excellling in stem. Honey Lemon is very feminine whereas Gogo is slightly more butch (but with a few feminine touches) and neither of them are demonized for it or shoehorned into love interest or damsel in distress roles. Honey Lemon is unwavering in her sweetness, whereas Gogo can be more upfront and blunt but has her own hidden kindness. Very smart and skilled, they can both kick your butt in their own way. (Special mention to Cass, who is a successful businesswoman and a loving aunt to her nephews.)
Vanellope Von Schweetz (Wreck It Ralph)
A well written and layered female main character. She is very confident, knowing exactly who is she and what she wants. Lives a difficult and is bullied but doesn’t let the worst get to her. Starts off a little rude (and maintains a more snarky personality) but gets gradually sweeter as the film progresses. A fantastic racer who’s glitch is seen as something special and empowering. And most of all, she becomes a president! I just love her.
Cybersix (Cybersix animated series)
(you need better pictures, baby)
A soft spoken, kind woman who owns and expresses her sexuality without being objectified or sexualized. She is a powerful fighter and can effortlessly glide across the city skyline. Cares for the lives of her fellow experiments and the people of the city and questions her place in the world, and eventually finds it (hopefully).
Raven, Starfire, and Bumblebee (Teen Titans)
Three awesome female characters from an awesome show. Bumblebee is a great leader and fighter who does not let men get the better of her. Starfire is a powerhouse who doesn’t always understand the world around her but still does her best and is extremely loyal to her friends. Raven is a withdrawn, quiet girl who has a lot of emotional baggage but is eventually able to put her life back into her own hands. All are well written and distinct female characters that lots of girls are able to look up to.
Mulan and Pocahontas
I love a lot of the Disney Princesses (especially Rapunzel, Belle, Jasmine, and Aurora) but these two in particular I hold in high regard. Mulan is a young woman struggling with her place in the world but above all is loyal to her family, eventually becomes comfortable with her gender, and saves China and brings honor to her family. And Pocahontas is able to bring peace and understanding to her people and others as she runs freely against the wind. They both find a unique way to save their people.
And of course…
The greatest superheroine of all time. What else can I say?
Honorable mention to the great female villains: deliciously nasty and a reminder it’s good to be so bad sometimes.
And there you have it! What are some of your faves?