I was inspired to try the saxophone by Lisa Simpson.
I was inspired to be a good student by Hermione Granger.
I was taught that you can love someone fully without touch by Charlotte Charles.
I was taught you can be strong and feminine by Minerva McGonagall.
I was taught that I can be strong and quiet by Trinity.
I was taught it was okay to stick out from other kids by Matilda.
I was taught to be kind, no matter how hard things are, by Sara Crewe.
I was proud of being a redhead because of Madeline. (Sounds silly, but I got teased a lot growing up for being a redhead, and it took a long time for that to not bother me.)
Taystee taught me to stand up for what’s right, no matter how hard it is.
I could go on and on. But my point is that these characters mattered to me growing up. Female characters matter.