top ten tuesday: heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

February 24: Top ten heroines

What a great topic for Top Ten Tuesday: favorite heroines! The ladies at Broke and Bookish said your heroines could come from books, movies, or TV, but I decided to go with books because I missed this topic last time around. I sort of stretched my choices too—it’s hard for me to call a fictional character a “hero” for me because, while they can be heroic in their stories, real-life inspires me so much more. I enjoyed these ladies in the literature realm but they’re heroes to me beyond their books. Here’s my list, in no particular order:

heroines 1

Elizabeth Warren, A Fighting Chance (my review). She is just the best. I loved her book and I love her tenacity and dedication to her causes.

Rachel Maddow, Drift (my review). Okay okay, she’s not in the book—it’s not a memoir. But Rachel is also amazing in how she tells it like it is and calls BS when she sees it.1

Lizz Winstead, Lizz Free or Die (my review). Her memoir had me crying at the end. Lizz co-created The Daily Show, and she’s an activist for women’s rights. So awesome.2

Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist (my review). Reading Roxane’s collection of essays a couple months ago opened my eyes to differing perspectives of issues I’ve wanted to learn more about, and I really admire her coolness and style in handling haters.3

heroines 2

Julia Child, My Life in France. Who doesn’t love Julia Child? She had a fascinating life and is an inspiration to people finding their true purpose later in life.

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya has a way to be both moving and funny, describing a difficult early life with dignity and grace.

Tina Fey, Bossypants (my review). Brilliant and hilarious! Tina is the greatest and so endearing. I loved reading about her blossoming from a nerdy, awkward kid to an amazing powerhouse comedy writer and actor.

Amy Poehler, Yes Please (my review). Same sentiments as Tina’s book! The best part of Amy’s book for me was how she learned from and rose above her mistakes. It’s hard to admit being in the wrong and ask for forgiveness, and she does so with class.

Who are your favorite heroines (in whatever media)?

[Photos from Goodreads, except 1 / 2 / 3]