11th October, 2017. International Day of the Girl. Created by the UN in 2012, this is a day that brings awareness to the ongoing inequality that young girls are still having to endure around the globe. It aims to highlight, educate, overcome, and empower.
Girls are awesome, and any obstacle placed in their way that prevents them from recognising + reaching their inner potential should be abolished. We wanted to do our own little tribute to celebrate ‘the girl’, so here’s five girls from literature who quite frankly, and for want of a better term, kick butt.
Hermione Granger - Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Hermione didn’t let anyone tell her that she couldn’t do something. She trusted her abilities + used her better judgement, to always do the right thing. Fiercely intelligent, brave, loyal, and relatable. Oh, and who could forget this moment?
Matilda - Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda was constantly being told that she had to be a certain way; to enjoy things that she didn't enjoy, and to respect people who were horrible. Matilda embraced her differences, + it was these differences that made her so special. She knew what was right and what was wrong and acted accordingly, with a tiny bit of mischief thrown in for good measure.
Jo March - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Jo is many things, she's complex. She's brave, passionate, caring, and headstrong. Most of all, she's real. Jo is continually learning, and her resilience allows her to adapt to the unexpected events that life throws her way.
Katniss Everdeen - Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katniss is flawed, but aren't we all? Katniss is on this list for a number of reasons, with the main one being her strength - physical and mental. She battles hard to not let her flaws consume her, and as a result her strongest qualities are overwhelmingly good. Katniss is caring, loyal, and brave, breaking through any restraint that society often places her in.
Arya Stark - A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Arya kicks butt in so many ways, but what we love most about her is her sense of adventure, her willfulness, and her nonjudgemental attitude. She is a brilliant character who defies expectation again and again.
Join in the conversation on #InternationalDayOfTheGirl. Who would you add to the list?