Strong Women in Literature
By Heidi Meurer
- •Jane EyreJane stands by her principles while doing a headstand.
- •Pride and PrejudiceElizabeth Bennet turns down Mr. Collins after bench pressing Mr. Darcy.
- •Their Eyes Were Watching GodJanie competes in a series of Tough Mudder competitions in and around south Florida.
- •The Scarlet LetterHester does fifty squats on the scaffold.
- •Anne of Green GablesWhen Gilbert pulls Anne’s braid, she cracks her slate on his head and drops to the floor for one hundred consecutive push-ups.
- •To Kill a MockingbirdScout saves Tom Robinson’s life at the courthouse by lifting the courthouse, placing it on her shoulders, and carrying it to Boston.
- •Little WomenJo refuses to leave Beth’s side, except to arm wrestle Meg or throw Amy across the room.
- •The Color PurpleWhen the mayor slaps Sofia, she punches him in the face twelve times and shouts, “HELL NO, YOU WORK FOR ME NOW.”
- •A Room With a ViewLucy breaks off her engagement with Cecil during Partner Yoga, puts George in her bicycle basket, and bikes to Florence in under an hour.
- •Ada, or ArdorAda does kettlebell snatches with Van, then Lucette, then Van again. When Lucette dies, Ada deadlifts her.
- •MadelineTo the tiger at the zoo, Madeline says, “I walked here pulling a refrigerator attached to an iron bar I wore strapped to my back. Pooh-pooh.”