My Favorite Female Characters And What They Taught Me

In honor of International Women's Day, natch.
  1. Hermione Granger
    Insist on taking up just as much, if not more, space as the boys do. Own your intelligence and general badassery.
  2. Kate Beckett
    Self-confidence starts with dangerously high-heeled boots and a leather jacket; the rest will follow.
  3. Leslie Knope
    Optimism is not a fool's errand. Never underestimate the importance of friendship and hard work.
  4. Regina Mills
    No matter how far gone you think you are, you can always come back. Relationships are nearly always salvageable.
  5. Donna Moss & C.J. Cregg
    Always, always favor idealism over cynicism. Boys' clubs were made to be broken into.
  6. Lorelai Gilmore
    Revel in your imperfections, especially the caffeinated ones. Love yourself independent of romantic relationships.
  7. Maria von Trapp
    A little spunk will take your far. When in doubt, ply yourself with your favorite things.
  8. Peggy Carter
    Your femininity is an asset, even when it feels like baggage. Vulnerability does not come at the expense of strength.