International Women’s Day 2019: My Favorite Female Characters

Who run the world? Girls! Happy International Women’s Day, everyone. 🎉 In honor of this wonderful day and all the inspirational women in my life, I thought it’d be fitting to have today’s post spotlight my favorite female characters in books. I could honestly go on and on forever about how much I love these characters (and many more), but here are my top picks!


Annabeth Chase

Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Annabeth freaking Chase. My QUEEN and the character that middle school Tiffany (and honestly current Tiffany) strives to be. Annabeth Chase is smart, resourceful, and brave. She never backed down in her fight for the good of mankind. 👑 She’s a strong-willed, kind-hearted female protagonist that holds her own against her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, who’s the title character. (Art by Viria)

Charlotte Branwell

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I know that Tessa Gray is the main character of The Infernal Devices trilogy, but as much as I love her and relate to her love for books, my all-star award for this series definitely goes to the one-and-only Charlotte Branwell, Head of the London Institute. 💫 For me, she is the definition of a strong woman. She faced immense struggles and backlash as a woman leader, but she never backed down and continued to fight for what she believed to be right. She was only 23-years-old, yet she accomplished and prevailed through so much.

Emma Carstairs

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

If you looked up the word “badass” in the dictionary, I am 95% sure that a picture of Emma Carstairs will appear. 🗡 Like many of the other characters I love, Emma is strong, loyal, and brave. Her actions are always motivated to protect those she love. Despite going through some great hardships, she’s able to look forward to protect the Blackthorn family and the greater Shadowhunter world.

Sydney Sage

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

One of my all-time favorite characters, and the absolute definition of character development. ❤ I wrote about this in my Why I Love Reading post, but Sydney is probably the character I aspire to be the most now. She’s incredibly knowledgeable and caring of others, yet she’s ready to fight to protect her family and friends. Most importantly, she has such a strong moral compass to do what is right. She has grown an instrumental amount since her first appearance in the Vampire Academy series, and she’s taught me a lot about staying strong despite body image pressures and breaking away from prejudiced thoughts developed in toxic environments.

Hermione Granger

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Continuing with the trend of strong and smart female characters, Hermione is ASDFGHJKL amazing. ⚡ Even though she’s sneered at because she’s a muggle, she holds her head high and becomes one of the brightest wizards of her age. She even recognizes her privilege as a wizard and advocates for the voiceless aka the house elves.

Starr Carter

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” 

I recently finished Angie Thomas’s On The Come Up, and as much as I love Bri, it made me a little sentimental and miss Starr. 🌟 I was also watching the trailers for the THUG movie (I know I’m ashamed I haven’t watched the actual movie yet either), but it made me think about how inspirational and amazing Starr is. As a character, she’s taught me so much and made me more aware of my own privilege, and truthfully, her story is one of the most important ones out there.

Inej Ghafa

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Inej Ghafa AKA the Silent Assassin or the Wraith. I cannot wait to see her character get translated into the Netflix series. 💚 I loved how she was able to demonstrate cunningness and ruthlessness but also maintain a balance of calm and collectiveness. She’s prime Slytherin.(Photo by Shalizeh7)

Megan Harper

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Most of my favorite heroines are from fantasy novels, so I thought it’d be fun to throw in a few of my favorite contemporary stars too. 💐 Megan is one of my favorite contemporary protagonists because she goes through tremendous character development, and despite coming off as initially negative and down, she’s actually a fluffy softie on the inside. She’s not a cookie cutter main characters, but I think that’s what makes her all the more alluring.

Lara Jean Song-Covey

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

When I first read the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, I wasn’t the biggest fan of it. However, after I reread the series, I fell in love with its aesthetics and story. 💖 I loved Lara Jean because she was one of the first Asian American protagonists that I could relate to within a story. It was amazing to see someone like me star in a fluffy contemporary, and I was even more excited when Lana Condor brought her character to life in the movie!


Who are your favorite female characters? Let me know in the comments! 💕

40 thoughts on “International Women’s Day 2019: My Favorite Female Characters

  1. THAT feeling when I read Annabeth Chase for the first time in books, one does not resist falling in love with her character. An icon, a queen, really. Starr Carter is indeed and inspiration. I am excited to see Inej too!!! I know it’ll never be the same from the book but book gods and goddesses please, do ’em justice. Hahaha!

    Happy International Women’s Day, Tiffany 💕

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    1. YESS!! Annabeth Chase is truly an inspiration, and I honestly miss her and Percy sooo much ❤ I just want to see her kicking butt and being awesome again. Starr and Inej just HAD to make this list because they're that iconic. 🌟

      Thanks for your sweet words and support, Justine ❤


  2. So many notable female characters on your list, Tiffany! I adore majority of them especially Hermione and Annabeth. Those two are legit badasses. I miss Sydney. She’s my spirit animal. One of my favorite iconic female characters is Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. ❤

    Happy International Women's Day, Tiffany! Awesome post as always. 😉

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    1. So excited that you love so many of them too!! Hermione and Annabeth are truly my everyday inspiration (and Sydney omg I love her so so much) I actually never read The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, but I know it’s an iconic book. Even though I’ve never read it, I’ve heard about how great and badass Lisbeth is!

      Thank you so much for reading and being amazing as always Beatrice 🙂

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  3. I absolutely love that you mentioned Charlotte in this list, I love her so very much and even more since I reread TID in January ❤️ She’s incredible, she’ll always have a special place in my heart!

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  4. I love this list so much ❤ I love and admire Hermione, Annabeth, and Inej so much ❤ And I agree that Lara Jean is so absolutely amazing because she's literally the first ever hapa protagonist I related to and seeing Lana Condor on the big screen makes my smol Asian heart so happy ❤

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  5. Hermione is awesome! I also liked Luna a lot and I think she’s underrated.

    Other fave female characters I have include Anne from Anne of Green Gables and Dasha from River Secrets (part of the Books of Bayern!)

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  6. Ahhh Tiffany, I love your picks SO much! I love Hermione, obviously and ahh I’m so happy you mentioned Megan, she is one of my favorite protagonists EVER just as well, I love her SO much. and Lara Jean, oh I love her way too much as well haha 🙂
    Fantastic choices! ❤

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    1. Hehe I had a feeling you would love these picks as well ❤ They're so amazing and inspirational to me 🙂 I love that Megan is a little more spunky yet still so loving. Lara Jean and her aesthetics are my dream too~ Thank you for loving these!!

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  7. I’ve always said to myself that I don’t have a lot of female characters and I’m more drawn to male characters. But I identify with so many from your list, so I guess female characters have definitely conquered my heart. Lara Jean is the best: I relate to her so much! I also adore Inej and Annabeth as well, as they are some of the most badass female characters I’ve ever read about. One of my all time favorite female characters is Helene, from the Ember in the Ashes series. She goes through so much and I just wanted to protect her from everything, hahah.
    Great choices, Tiffany! ❣️

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    1. I know what you’re saying! It’s hard to think of characters until I sat to write them down 🙂 Lara Jean and her aesthetic is my #goals! I love Inej and Annabeth so much too. They’re truly my inspirations. I’ve been meaning to read Ember in the Ashes because I’ve heard such great things, so I can definitely picture Helene being a great role model too ❤

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  8. YESSS I adore this post!💓Happy late International Women’s Day, Tiffany💪🏻I agree so much with Annabeth, Hermione, and Starr (I haven’t read any of the other ones XD). They’re pretty amazing, that’s for sure, and have inspired and empowered me as a reader and as a woman!

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    1. ❤ Happy late International Women's Day to you too Olivia! You should definitely check out the other books because these women are all such inspirations to me!! If you ever get the chance, I'd highly recommend The Infernal Device trilogy. It's from the Shadowhunter world, but you don't need to read City of Bones truthfully :p

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