Strong Women in Literature

By Heidi Meurer
  1. Jane Eyre
    Jane stands by her principles while doing a headstand.
  2. Pride and Prejudice
    Elizabeth Bennet turns down Mr. Collins after bench pressing Mr. Darcy.
  3. Their Eyes Were Watching God
    Janie competes in a series of Tough Mudder competitions in and around south Florida.
  4. The Scarlet Letter
    Hester does fifty squats on the scaffold.
  5. Anne of Green Gables
    When Gilbert pulls Anne’s braid, she cracks her slate on his head and drops to the floor for one hundred consecutive push-ups.
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird
    Scout saves Tom Robinson’s life at the courthouse by lifting the courthouse, placing it on her shoulders, and carrying it to Boston.
  7. Little Women
    Jo refuses to leave Beth’s side, except to arm wrestle Meg or throw Amy across the room.
  8. The Color Purple
    When the mayor slaps Sofia, she punches him in the face twelve times and shouts, “HELL NO, YOU WORK FOR ME NOW.”
  9. A Room With a View
    Lucy breaks off her engagement with Cecil during Partner Yoga, puts George in her bicycle basket, and bikes to Florence in under an hour.
  10. Ada, or Ardor
    Ada does kettlebell snatches with Van, then Lucette, then Van again. When Lucette dies, Ada deadlifts her.
  11. Madeline
    To 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.”