25 Bravest Leading Ladies and Real-Life Heroines

With more woman serving in politics and business then ever before, what better time to revisit these 25 Bravest Leading Ladies and Real-Life Heroines. With female empowerment at an all-time high in recent decades, gutsy female role models have been appearing onscreen, in books, and in real life, so it’s time that we celebrate them! We’ve told you about some amazing women before, so consider this list a much needed refresher on some phenomenal women and girls. Get ready to feel the girl power blossom with these 25 Bravest Leading Ladies and Real-Life Heroines!


Amelia Earhart

25 Amelia Earhart

Adventurous aviation pioneer and author Amelia Earhart won the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Although she disappeared in 1937 while attempting to fly around the world, she still serves as an intrepid role model for girls to this day.


Jane Eyre

24 Jane Eyre

Perhaps literature’s earliest feminist heroines, Charlotte Bronte’s enduring character remained honorable and unwavering despite the many hardships she faced.


Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks and Bill Clinton

Ms. Parks stood up for her rights by remaining seated, and in doing so, sparked a movement that led to long-overdue equal rights for African Americans.


Hermione Granger

Hermonie Granger with Harry Potter in background

Let’s face it—neither Harry nor Ron would’ve survived their first year at Hogwarts without clever, resourceful Hermione. Even in the most frightening situations, she always had a solution.


Lisa Ling

21 Lisa Ling

This fearless journalist travels around the world and back to deliver news coverage on controversial international and domestic issues.

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