Last week we took a look at inspirational women connected to the film industry. However, this week we have decided to focus on powerful women in fictional pieces of work, from various television programmes to films. The purpose of showing all these inspirational women is to prove that any woman can be powerful, regardless of age, appearance, ethnicity, or social class. Each of the women shown in this week’s blog posts has had to contend with challenges and personal failures to become the strong and independent character for which they are known.
To start off this week we are looking at the female heroine Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games franchise. Portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the films, Katniss epitomises what a strong and courageous female looks like. She begins the story as a poor girl who lives alone with her sister and single mother, having to take up the mantle to provide for her family she defies the usual representation of men being the providers. Katniss becomes a symbolic image of standing up against oppression throughout society and challenges the status quo, which is shown through her main enemy, President Snow. Her main characteristics are her fortitude, courage, and loyalty. She is not just a fictional symbol, but very much an inspiration as to what any individual woman can achieve by standing up for what they believe in.