“I think in the world today we’ve had plenty enough
of male-driven everything and it’s finally time to see how wonderful the
world can be with beautiful, strong intelligent women kicking some
major ass.” - Chris Pine on Wonder Woman (2017)
Honorable Mentions: Yuki Kashima in Lady Snowblood (1973), Coffy from Coffy (1973), Fox in Wanted (2008), Alice from The Resident Evil Series (2002), Selene in Underworld (2003), China O Brien from China O Brien (1990), Xiao Mei in House of Flying Daggers (2004), Cheng Tai-Nan from My Young Auntie (1981), Azumi in Azumi (2003), Chang Hsuan-yen from Come Drink with Me (1966) and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016).
Jillian Holtzmann taught me to embrace and not be ashamed of my sexuality. Furiosa taught me that I don’t have to fit into this world in order to be seen and heard. Wanda Maximoff taught me that no matter how scared I am someone is always going through the same thing. Ellen Ripley taught me to be my own woman and stand up for myself when faced with a challenge. Sarah Connor taught me that a woman can be strong and still be emotional. Wonder Woman taught me to respect myself in a society that might not always respect me. Mako Mori taught me to keep fighting even if it feels like there is nothing left to fight for. Rita Vrataski taught me to not take any shit from anybody. Rey taught me that even in dark times I can always find hope. Don’t ever doubt the strength of fictional characters and the power they hold. These fictional women have taught me everything about myself and who I can strive to be, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for strong women everywhere giving me and every woman and girl in the world the opportunities that we deserve.