We Remember

For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon (excerpt)

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

International Women’s Day

In an effort to honor International Women’s Day, I decided to make a list of fictional women who have proved (in their literary or cinematic way) that women are so much more than the “weaker sex”. None of them were perfect (thus my admiration), none of them asked for notoriety- in fact most of them were reluctant “heroes”, women who had glory thrust into them or were forced to stand their ground. They were ultimately a reflection of the spirit, ideals and creativity of other women or women-supporting men and because of that, in spite of their fictional nature, they should be remembered somehow. Here are a few along with their “foes”.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – fought demons and vampires

Katniss (Hunger Games) – despotic government

Tris (Divergent) – power-hungry ruling group

Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) – societal rules

Clary Fray (Mortal Instruments) – demons

Hazel Lancaster (The Fault in Our Stars) – Cancer

Aibileen (The Help) – Bigotry

Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief) – Nazi rule/war

Flavia de Luce (The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie) – crime

M’Lynn (Steel Magnolias) – losing a child

Veronica Mars – criminals and society

Norma Rae – social rule/workplace injustice

Princess Leia (Star Wars) – the Empire and other creeps

Sarah Connor (Terminator) – the machines

Juno – teen pregnancy

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) – evil and ignorance

And let’s not forget our animated sisters, Mulan and Brave

And for a few of my real-life idols, here goes a great big hurrah!

Mother Teresa, Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, Rosa Parks, Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony, J.K.Rowlings, and Ruby Bridges. Thank you for being  such an inspiration.