March is Women’s History Month, and this month, we pay tribute to the women who have had positive impacts on everybody’s lives. While there’s no shortage of influential ladies to honor such as Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony, and Rosa Parks, fictional characters in literature deserve to be recognized as well for the way they influenced young women throughout the years.
These characters—some from classic novels, and others from best-selling series—have all inspired young girls to be strong, independent and they have all dared to be different. Most of all, these characters have awesome leadership skills, and we can all do well to aspire to be just like them.
These are the female characters in literature with the best leadership skills.
Hermione Granger from the “Harry Potter” series
Hermione exudes girl power as she values friendship, bravery, and loyalty above all else. She’s the smart one who saves Ron and Harry from getting into trouble, and she always stays calm and relies on logic to get them out of sticky situations.
Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games”
Katniss is the glue that holds her family together. At a young age, she has taken on the task of providing for her family, and she volunteered to take the place of her younger sister to play in the deadly Hunger Games. During the games, Katniss became the leader, and ultimately, she led the rebellion that led to the downfall of those who were in control of the Capitol.
Jo March from “Little Women”
Jo is the second eldest of the March sisters, but she took it upon herself to care for her mother and sisters while their father was away during the war. It can be recalled that Jo sacrificed her one beauty—her hair—in order to have money for their father’s care, and she also strived to become the breadwinner by using her writing skills to provide for her family’s needs.
Laura Ingalls from the “Little House” series
Laura acted as her mother and father’s main helper after her older sister, Mary, went blind. Laura was not afraid of men’s work and was often on hand to help her father mold bullets, build doors, or make hay. She endured a seven-month winter, hunger, and living in less-than-ideal situations and ultimately, became one of the best teachers in her hometown.
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