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28. Keladry of Mindelan, Protector of the Small by Tamora Pierce

She doesn’t denounce her femininity when she pursues her dream of becoming the first female knight in over a century. She’s level-headed, tough as shit, strong, smart, but gentle, too. Not to mention, she has the fiercest sense of justice. She’s my hero. —annas42a33461f

29. Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games series by ‎Suzanne Collins

I’ve always been a fan of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games because I love that she’s a survivalist. She really struggles with her sense of self-preservation, especially because she often interprets it as selfishness. Women are so often written as gentle, altruistic, and self-sacrificing…often to an unhealthy degree. So, I love watching Katniss turn that trope on its head. She loves fiercely but she’s tough enough to put herself first, and I respect that. —annas42a33461f

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