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    19 Strong Female Characters Who Aren't Physically Strong

    Women don’t need to be able to physically crush men in order to crush the patriarchy.

    1. Elle Woods, Legally Blonde

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    Elle Woods would never punch a dude in the face — she might break a nail — but she would tear apart his alibi in court, and critique his outfit to boot.

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    2. Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project

    Fox

    Mindy would absolutely let a guy carry her heavy boxes and buy her McDonald's, but that doesn't mean she isn't a strong, confident woman who loves herself.

    Fox

    3. Rachel Green, Friends

    NBC

    Rachel Green can’t play football, and she cries easily. She also moved to New York City by herself and worked her way up from waitress to Ralph Lauren executive.

    NBC

    4. Raven Baxter, That's So Raven

    Disney

    Remember how Raven couldn’t climb that rope in gym class? Instead, she’s using her energy to preach body positivity to young girls.

    Disney

    5. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter

    Warner Bros.

    Hermione Granger prefers reading and following the rules over sports and dueling. She is also a badass social activist and many-times savior of the trio who stands up for herself and her beliefs.

    Warner Bros.

    6. Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

    The CW

    Lorelai Gilmore has no problem asking Luke to fix up her house, and Rory made a home-cooked dinner for Dean dressed like Donna Reed. Yet both are strong, smart, goal-driven women, starting their own businesses and going to Yale and such.

    7. Martha Jones, Doctor Who

    BBC

    Martha Jones — an incredible doctor in her own right — is a smart, strong woman who also fell in love with the Doctor. She's proof that falling in love doesn’t make you any less of a strong woman.

    8. Annie Walker, Bridesmaids

    Universal Pictures

    Annie Walker is not particularly strong, physically or mentally, when she’s lost her job, her apartment, and her asshole boyfriend. But she’s a stronger female character because she goes through these tribulations and grows.

    Universal Pictures

    9. Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

    NBC

    Leslie Knope is a tiny, delightful ball of sunshine who is basically just adorable when she gets angry. She doesn’t physically intimidate anyone, but she does tear down gender stereotypes, love her fellow woman, and work harder than any male politician in Pawnee.

    NBC

    10. Sophia Burset, Orange Is the New Black

    Netflix

    As a 6-foot tall former firefighter, Sophia Burset probably is physically strong. But that's not what makes her a strong female character. She sticks to hairdressing and avoiding confrontation in prison while tirelessly fighting the patriarchy for her right to exist as a trans woman.

    11. Fat Amy, Pitch Perfect

    Universal Pictures

    Fat Amy can’t win a foot race, but she is a strong, confident, talented woman who tells conventional beauty standards to go fuck themselves.

    12. Alice Howland, Still Alice

    Sony Classic Pictures

    Dr. Alice Howland, played by Julianne Moore in the film version of the bestselling novel, is anything but physically strong as she goes through the stages of familial Alzheimer's disease. But her incredible emotional journey make her one hell of a strong female character.

    Sony Classic Pictures

    13. Nyota Uhura, Star Trek Into Darkness

    Paramount Pictures

    Undoubtedly, Uhura's status as a strong female character suffers from her lack of lines and the Star Trek reboot's general sexism. Still, the potential is there: Even though she's not a trained fighter, she gets sent on the mission because she speaks Klingon better than any one of the males she's surrounded by.

    14. Kimmy Schmidt, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Netflix

    Kimmy Schmidt's love of candy and bright colors and her middle school demeanor don't exactly connote physical strength. Yet she's an abuse survivor who refuses to be broken by New York City.

    Netflix

    15. Liz Lemon, 30 Rock

    NBC

    Liz Lemon has no upper-body strength. Fine. She is also a successful television show creator and head writer.

    NBC

    16. Hushpuppy, Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    Being that she is a 6-year-old child, Hushpuppy doesn't exude physical strength. Yet she is an amazingly strong little girl who learns how to face her demons.

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    17. Jessica Day, New Girl

    Fox

    Jess cries all the time, loves cute accessories, and is pretty much the opposite of all things masculine. She's also a strong woman who loves herself and is making it on her own.

    Fox

    18. Cristina Yang, Grey's Anatomy

    ABC

    Cristina Yang values her brain above all else, and she doesn't need physical strength to be the ambitious, brilliant, kick-ass surgical intern-cum-chief medical officer that she is.

    19. Cher Horowitz, Clueless

    Paramount Pictures

    Cher is a terrible driver and would never physically exert herself in any way. She's also tough, clever, supportive of other women, and doesn't take any shit from men.

    Paramount Pictures
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