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Strong Female Movie Characters Our Girls Can Look Up To
There’s TV shows that encourage girl power but these strong female movie characters definitely have their strengths too.
Although the movie may be catered to a different audience, there are strong female characters there that scream girl power. They necessarily may not be fighters but they can be doctors, lawyers, police enforcers, etc. They just have those scenes wherein without them, the movie would have gone to bust. So, without further ado, here are strong female movie characters our daughters can look up to.
1. Eowyn from Lord of the Rings
Especially in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Eowyn’s line of “I am no man!” as she kills the Witch King of Angmar is iconic. The wraith before he dies screams in fury that no man could kill him. But Eowyn’s open declaration of her being a woman makes the victory more epic before the army reclaims the White City of Minas Tirith. In the former films, it even shows that she’s always been willing to fight and fears a “cage” more than anything else. She even dons a man’s armor to fight among the soldiers of Rohan against the dark forces. Even the male audience of this fandom bows down to this epic scene.
2. Ellen Ripley from Aliens
Played by Sigourney Weaver, Ellen Ripley proves her brilliance as a woman as the last survivor on the ship when attacked by Xenomorphs (AKA Aliens). She even manages to rescue a little girl named Newt and a cat. A renowned movie critic even said that his wife literally summed up Aliens in a short statement: “Aliens is about a movie where the smart woman isn’t listened to and is the last survivor along with her cat.”. Definitely, a mark of a strong woman especially when she fights the queen of the Xenomorphs.
3. Evie from The Mummy Trilogy
Evie may have been played by both Rachel Weisz and Maria Bello but still screams strong female energy all the same. Besides being a knowledgeable Egyptologist, she also has to balance being a mother to her son, Alex. Throughout the Trilogy, she doesn’t really fight but relies on her knowledge of the arcane arts of Egypt and the country’s history. She robs Imohtep of his immortality, fights Anck-Su-Namun (a veteran fighter to boot) on somewhat equal footing, and helps keep the Dragon Emperor’s army away.
4. Elle Woods from Legally Blonde
Not only is the Legally Blonde Musical a guilty pleasure, but Reese Witherspoon’s portrayal of Elle Woods made her extremely iconic. She showed that despite looking and sometimes acting like the stereotypical girly blonde, she has her aces in the hole. Her knowledge of haircare won her first case, her extreme attention to detail got her a job in the White House and through her law classes, and she did this — all in bright hot pink while strutting in style.
5. Miranda Priestly from Devil Wears Prada
Meryl Streep did an amazing job as Miranda Priestly, showing what kind of nerves are needed to survive the fashion industry. Her words are razor-sharp; she doesn’t mince. She’s not afraid to chase what she wants and the fashion world bows down to her. Even those who aren’t in the fashion industry know not to cross her. Miranda Priestly showcases not only her knowledge in fashion but her perseverance as well.
6. Michaela Odone from Lorenzo’s Oil
Nothing matches the love a mother has for her son. Michaela Odone, played by Susan Sarandon, searched desperately for a cure for their son’s Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) which would have killed him in two years. Despite being a layperson, she along with her husband devoured medical books, attended talks, and did not stop until they formulated what we know as Lorenzo’s Oil. The movie was based on a true story, so we can only imagine how determined the real Michaela Odone was.
These strong female movie characters are not to be trifled with!
Besides scriptwriting, these strong female movie characters showed how powerful women can be with motivation and drive. They don’t necessarily have to be martial arts trained. Rather, they showed the willpower and the brains to pull themselves through any tough situation. That’s something our daughters are going to need in this world especially when they start their own lives.