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20 Leading Ladies in Lit: Celebrating Women’s History Month with Powerful Female Characters

by Amy Currier 03/04/2013

We all know Elizabeth Bennett and Jane Eyre traditionally top the charts for female literary icons. But, it being 2013, today we salute the modern female protagonist in the name of Women’s History Month.

She’s ferocious, she has fire, and she’s the driving force that keeps readers tearing through the pages of an unstoppable story.

20 Powerful Females in Contemporary Fiction

Lisbeth Salander The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Lindsay Boxer 11th Hour: Women’s Murder Club Mysteries by James Patterson
Alexia Tarabotti Timeless: Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger
Nikki Heat Frozen Heat by Richard Castle
Detective Selena Alvarez Afraid to Die by Lisa Jackson
Katniss Everdeen The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Bridget Jones Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Tiffany Maxwell Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Maisie Dobbs Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear
Hadley Richardson The Paris Wife by Paula McClain
Sookie Stackhouse Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
Stephanie Plum One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Clary Fray The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Eve Dallas Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb
Hattie Sheperd The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Karou Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Maddie Bosch The Black Box by Michael Connelly
Desdemona Gray Otherkin by Nina Berry
Rachel Morgan A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
Alice Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

 

So, which leading lady is on your list?

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