Today Katniss Everdeen makes her debut on the big screen as the movie adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins's post-apocalyptic fantasy trilogy, The Hunger Games, hits theaters. At only 16, Katniss is one cutthroat heroine, but not by choice. Her deadly archery skills are her greatest asset in saving her own life and the lives of her loved ones in the game arena and beyond. And she's not alone; Katniss joins the ranks of some of the most kick-ass female characters to grace the pages of comic books and shine on the silver screen.
Each of these strong women is more than just a pretty face. With supernatural strength and street smarts, these strong characters represent female empowerment and the ability for a woman to be in charge of her own fate. Whether you're like Wonder Woman flying solo or you've got a solid group behind you like Jem & The Holograms, each of these heroines with an action-packed history has given us lessons to incorporate in our everyday lives. Now get ready to show your own demons who's boss!