A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt
This was my quote of the day in my classroom today. It's definitely in my top three quotes of all time. If Hatshepsut had a quote it would be-
Well behaved women rarely make history. -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
I love reading about strong heroines, especially those from history. And since Hatshepsut is the first successful female ruler in history that we know of I adore her.
There are plenty of other strong female protagonists in literature- two of my favorites are Scarlet O'Hara from Gone With the Wind and Sayuri from Memoirs of a Geisha. Scarlet is catty and selfish, but it doesn't matter because I just want her to be successful and end up with Rhett (not Ashley- he's about as exciting as watching paint dry). Sayuri is eloquent and graceful, strong and hopeful despite her often horrendous circumstances.
Do you have a favorite female protagonist? Have you written an amazing heroine? What makes her such a rock star?