10 Reasons Kat Stratford Should Still Be Your #1 Heroine

The classic teen flick 10 Things I Hate About You turns 15 years old next month. Let’s celebrate our favorite influential and sarcastic feminist high-schooler: Kat Stratford.

1. She was exhiliaritingly intimidating.

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A teenaged girl who wasn’t afraid to step on some toes (and more) while being true to herself and she’s funny? I’m in love!

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2. She was checking privilege before it was cool.

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For some of us, Kat was the first fictional feminist we saw who was awesome, witty, clever, got the hot dude, and was just plain inspirational.

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3. She gave great advice.

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Middle school and high school would’ve been so much easier if we had just listened to Kat.

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4. She taught us the art of sarcastic flirting.

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Rule #1: a sarcastic response to a guy is never complete without a good eye-roll.

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5. Her interactions with her sister were on point.

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That camo top is solid, too.

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6. She fought to control her own destiny.

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Rather than standing up to her dad as a form of teenaged rebellion, Kat simply believed in her own abilities and potential. There’s a big difference and it was awesome to see.

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7. She knew exactly how to interact with the opposite sex.

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This movie did give me the false impression that my high school would have guys like Heath Ledger attending it. I was sadly mistaken.

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8. She had her priorities straight.

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Wait, I can actually focus on making myself happy instead of other people? OMG.

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9. She taught us how to deal with authority figures.

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It’s not a lie if you believe it.

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10. At the end of the movie, she got this guy.

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No man will never live up to the perfection that is Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You. It’s science.

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