I have to break this into two categories, Real & Fictional:RealFrida Kahlo
: Frida is really my patron saint. She lived an amazing life. I can't even begin to say how much she has inspired me, as much for her art as for her ability to persevere in the face of terrible tragedy and personal, physical pain. She was larger than life. Catherine II of Russia
: Also known as Catherine The Great, she was a formidable woman. Not only was she a significant patron of the arts and an influential head of state, she was a writer in her own right. The woman corresponded with Voltaire for fifteen years.
: Irish pirate. Demanded an audience with Queen Elizabeth the First. And got it. (Lizzie didn't speak any Gaelic. Gráinne didn't speak any English. How'd they converse? Entirely in motherfucking Latin, yo.)Naduah
(Cynthia Ann Parker): Mother of the Great Comanche War Chief Quanah Parker
. Cynthia was kidnapped by the Comanche at the age of nine. Her Comanche husband loved her so much, he never took another wife. And when she was kidnapped back by the Texas Rangers, at the age of 34, she spent the rest of her life trying to run away and get back to her Comanche family. She eventually starved herself to death rather than be re-assimilated.Dian Fossey
: Primatologist. She can be credited with bringing the Mountain Gorilla back from the edge of extinction, and she was murdered by poachers for refusing to back down. (Sigourney Weaver played her in the movie Gorillas in the Mist.
)Fictional(I'm not including Fiona, River Song, Alex Drake or Olga in this because you can probably already tell I think they're kick ass.)
from the Terminator
franchise: Do not
get between her and her kid, yo. She will fuck you up
. Knows her way around all kinds of firearms and field craft, and for all she is seventeen kinds of self-sufficient, she can still show emotion.Zoe
: Can I be Gina Torres when I grow up? Not only is Zoe sex on legs and a big damn hero, she's married and madly in love with her husband. Her husband who isn't her superior officer. My god, imagine that.
Another Whedon girl (and yes, Joss, I still hate you), Willow Rosenberg
. Geek of my heart
. Brilliant, shy, caring, loyal friend of the leading lady badass with her own complex character arc. (Except for Season Seven, which never happened. ~eyeroll~)Hermione "Oh My God Do I Have To Do Everything Around Here" Granger
: I feel this needs no explanation. (Also, she was totally a Ravenclaw, but deliberately sorted wrong so she could ride herd on Harry's ass.)Special Agent Dana Scully
: Quiet. Brainy. Takes shit from no man. Not even Mulder, though she does indulge his crazy.