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We Celebrate 22 Amazing Women in TV, Movies, and Books for International Women’s Day

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Black Widow – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow is perhaps the most intense and lethal of The Avengers and she doesn’t need any superpowers or high tech gadgets to get the job done. She’s overcome a dark past but maintains her ability to coerce and kick ass, all while adding humor and cleverness to the team. And she does it all in a form-fitting leather suit! -Kait

Melissa Lewis – The Martian

She’s the captain of the space shuttle and the team’s leader.  She’s had to make tough decisions, leaving one of their own on Mars to save the rest.  But when a chance for them to rescue Mark Watney back on Mars is denied, she does what’s right and goes back anyway.  Despite her love for 70s disco music, she became a hero. – Nat

05-totalbeauty-logo-halloween-costumes-2015Imperator Furiosa – Mad Max: Fury Road

I’m one of the few, apparently, that didn’t really gush over the movie.  Maybe I wasn’t taken with the over-the-top post-apocalyptic form that it had taken, but that didn’t deter from the fact that there was a pretty badass female warrior named Imperator Furiosa.  Like Mad Max himself, Furiosa wasn’t much of a talker.  She was a doer, which was probably why she lost her arm.  But no matter, because her metal arm isn’t a hindrance.  Physically, she’s awesome, psychologically, she’s sound, and mentally she’s smart and sympathetic, despite having been under Immortan Joe’s rule.  She’s simply amazing.  – Nat

Rey – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

One of the most promising characters to add to the Star Wars legacy, Rey has charmed fans not only with her fighting skills but also with her righteous character, appointing herself as a protector for a droid that has critical information for the rebellion regarding Luke Skywalker’s location, and showing off powerful abilities with the Force. Her power is so great that she, an untrained non-Jedi, was able to escape capture and get herself a weapon simply by influencing her prison guard to leave her alone with it. Such promise brings to mind Leia Borgana, and there’s no doubt that Rey, with her kindness and ferocity, will be just as great and pivotal in the Star Wars world. -Jessica AKA AFandomsQueen

Katniss Everdeen – Mockingjay part 2

Katniss Everdeen is one of the first YA protagonists I felt a real attachment to. She’s an incredibly complex, multi-dimensional character. Katniss is a trauma survivor, a victim of violence, a reluctant leader, a loving sister; she changes the world of Panem with her bravery, and her incredible love for her sister Primrose is touching and admirable. I can’t sum up her complexity in one meager paragraph, but I can say she is a remarkably powerful character throughout the entire series. — Hannah

Tris Prior – Insurgent

Constantly trapped between a rock and a hard place, I always admire Tris’s ability to persevere through any situation. Even with the constant urge to give up, give in, and just quit, regardless of what might happen to her, she just wants to do what she thinks is best for everyone around her. What’s more noble than that? I couldn’t even fathom how I would react and continue on in a world where my parent’s were killed in front of me, I had to kill one of my best friends, I have to deal with the emotions of just being in a relationship, AND still be somewhat of a leader to people who don’t know which direction to go to next. As frustrating as Tris could be sometimes, I still think under the circumstances, she continues to prove why she is a great leader and should definitely not be messed with! – Alicia

Gratuity “Tip” Tucci – Home

Love her! Nothing was keeping this girl from finding her mom! And she was the one who was really able to show our main character the beautiful side of humanity. -Flo

Honorable Mentions:

General Leia Organa (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Johanna Mason and Primrose Everdeen (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2), Hope Van Dyne (Ant-Man)

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