Books, TV, and movies. You have to take your role models where you find them.
  1. CJ Cregg (The West Wing)
    She's a boss. By season 6 she's THE boss.
  2. Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)
    I will not read Go Set a Watchman for fear of ruining this, the greatest American character.
  3. Hans Huberman (The Book Thief)
    His soul sat up. Reminds me of @wornhoffs
  4. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series)
  5. Molly Weasley (Harry Potter series)
    Heart and soul of the Weasley family. Always yelling at her own children and welcoming to everyone else's.
  6. Marmee (Little Women)
    You may be noticing a parent theme. If Hans Huberman is my ideal portrait of fatherhood, she may be my ideal of motherhood.
  7. Sybil Crawley (Downton Abbey)
    Politically active feminist with a rebel heart of gold. The opposite of a snob.
  8. Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibiltiy)
    An ideal of older sister I try to live up to.
  9. Leslie Knope (Parks and Rec)
    Small town idol.