A heroine is a woman who goes beyond the ordinary. She may show tremendous courage, compassion, or leadership. She may travel into new worlds. She may also demonstrate a new way of being a woman by going beyond the conventional roles and restrictions of her time. A heroine is not always a role model, but she is always inspiring because she redefines what is possible. A meaningful Heroine's Tale can be fiction or non-fiction, history, legend or fantasy. But it must be Truthful.
The heroines presented in this site are the ones who have touched my heart during a lifetime of reading and movie-going. Most of them are fictional, and the ones who actually did live are known to me more through legend than fact. There are many real-life heroines who deserve to be commemorated. But this site is a tribute to the power of Myth and Legend.
Types of Heroines
The heroines on this site express their heroism in different ways. Some are Warriors, who take up a cause. Some are Journeyers, who unexpectedly find themselves in extreme situations or rise to the challenge of new worlds. Some are heroines of Faith, motivated by their belief in a higher law. Some are Sovereigns, whose struggles are a consequence of being a ruler. Some are Adventurers, who seek challenge for its own sake. And of course, a single heroine may have more than one of these aspects.
Some of these heroines win their battles, but not all of them. Heroism does not automatically guarantee victory. Sometimes heroism becomes martyrdom.
The one trait all heroines have in common is courage. There is no heroism without courage.
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