– Strong Girls!

What makes a girl strong?  Independence? Wit? Physical prowess? Intelligence? Bravery? Selflessness? All of the above?

Here are our picks for readers looking for some kick-butt ladies, be they action heroines or simply bravely facing middle school.

  • john cote

    My nine year old daughter and I just saw TinTin. She expressed girl characters are less interesting than boy characters. I told her that she is exposed to 9 strong male charactersfor every 1 strong female characters in books and movies. I’m interested in what you have to offer in strong girl characters in comics. Happy New Year.

    John Cote

    • Robin

      Hello John!

      Thanks for the comment. I had just heard the creators and actors of Tintin discussing how much of a boys club it is and how it was tough to remain true to the source material (given that the first one was from 1929) and yet the lack of female characters was still…uncomfortable for them, I think.

      This kind of imbalance (in both how girls are portrayed and just the number of female character vs. boy characters) is always striking and upsetting to me, so I’m glad we can provide a few options for your daughter.

      If your daughter is looking for animation, though, I might also suggest the films of Hayao Miyazaki, including Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro. Miyazaki almost always has a strong, smart girl at the center of his stories, and they’re all beautifully animated and engaging. Also, if she’s interested in reading novels, there are a TON of great strong girl characters for younger readers these days, dating all the way back to Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s Lionness Quartet onward.