At the age of only 18, Joan of Arc led the French Army to victory against the English.

When I made my Confirmation 10 years ago, we had to choose a saint to represent us. I chose Joan of Arc.

Although I have never been very committed Catholicism, I did feel a connection to the Saint I chose to be represented by during this time. Joan of Arc was a powerful leader even in a time where women did not have the rights we do today. She emulated the heroines that I read in my books and stories- like a fairytale come to life.

I have always been drawn to strong female figures- mostly those that flow through the pages of my stories. Katniss Everdeen and Hermione Granger are the most prominent.

The Hunger Games saga and the Harry Potter novels were both written by women, and I think that is why the books so intensely honor the strength and resilience of a woman. There are no damsels in distress but rather equals to men.

Hermione Granger, for one, has long been an idol for young women. In many instances throughout the Harry Potter novels, she is the knowledge that resolves many sticky situations. Never is she looked at as lesser to Ron and Harry, but rather as an asset to their trio.

Katniss Everdeen is one of my favorite heroines as she never lets those in power see her fear or worry. She is strong and courageous, and even when she feels like breaking down, she holds it together for the good of her family and her friends. She is a force to be reckoned with.

As I read these fiction novels, I dream of being a woman with this much power and strength. Sometimes it seems nearly impossible in the world we live in. Although women have more rights than they used to, they are still viewed as the weaker sex.

But then I think of Joan of Arc I realize that strong women are not just myths in fairytales, but real possibilities.

So, women, let us follow in suit of the brave heroines in the fiction realm. Because although the stories are not based on true events, the strong women represented in them are as real and possible as Joan of Arc.

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