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31 Times People Shouted, “YAAS, QUEEN!” While Reading

7. Ella of Frell, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella from Ella Enchanted was a huge role model for me growing up. She is passionate and strong. She fought for the rights of others and wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself. She didn’t even let her “gift” get in her way. Unlike other characters, she didn’t let it define who she was, or play the victim, either. In the end, she chose her own destiny. —leighb4658080f4

8. Dolores Price, She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Dolores Price is a beautiful bundle of anger, insecurity and, ultimately, strength and compassion, for herself and others. Reading that book at 15, again at 25, and now as a 35-year-old mother were all such widely different experiences. I have also come to appreciate her mother and grandmother as formidable female characters where, in my youth, I saw them more as obstacles for Dolores. — Katrina Comens, Facebook

9. Claire Fraser, Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

She is intelligent, strong, and able to put sexist, misogynistic men from the 1700s in their place with just her wit and sharp tongue. She always holds her own and doesn’t take any of the crap people throw her way. She handles every situation with so much maturity. Not only that, but she manages to be incredibly powerful in the sense that she became a doctor in a time when women weren’t really allowed to be doctors. She earned the respect of men who always treated women like they were beneath them and, honestly, if that isn’t admirable, I don’t know what is. —vaishnavireddy1809

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