10 truly kick-ass heroines to inspire your kids

With the huge success of Wonder Woman in the cinema this year, we thought we'd pick out our favourite female heroes from films. Whether they have supernatural powers or are naturally feisty, these 10 cinema heroines will inspire awe and wonder in you AND your kids

1. Katherine Johnson

1. Katherine Johnson

“My eight-year-old daughter's current heroine is Katherine Johnson, the African-American mathematician who is the (real-life) lead character in Hidden Figures. She was instrumental in calculating the trajectories of the Gemini and Apollo missions while living in a state in the US where segregation was still a fact of life. My daughter is space-mad and wants to be an astronomer when she grows up – she really sees Katherine's story as inspirational.”

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2. Hermione Granger

2. Hermione Granger

“My nine-year-old daughter is adamant that Hermione is a brilliant heroine. She says that the character is feisty, sensible, intelligent and would be a brilliant best friend.”

“My daughter's heroine is Hermione Granger. Clever, kind and resourceful – she talks about her all the time.”

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3. Moana

3. Moana

“There's no romance/getting rescued by a man/waiting for a prince – Moana is guided by her fab granny and goes out to sort the problem herself. And when she's done that, it's her who leads the ships as Wayfinder and teaches the men.”

“My four-year-old son absolutely loves Moana, and the titular character. I love that his favourite film has women at the fore – he had started to be very boy-centric at the moment, only wanting to play with boys at nursery, etc – so it was really refreshing to see him start to recognise that girls are just as cool and kick-ass as boys!”

“It's the best Disney film in a long time and it's made my four-year-old far more interested in being an explorer and adventurer than dressing up as a princess – YES! About time!”

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4. Barbie

4. Barbie

“In the Barbie films the heroines are clever and brave and save the day.”

“In Barbie and the Three Musketeers, Barbie is refused training as a musketeer so her and three serving girls train in secret and rescue the prince. Then she rides off to do some more 'saving' just as the prince is trying to ask her out! In Barbie and the Diamond Castle, two friends have their own business, and when it gets ruined they get involved in an adventure and solve all the problems.”

“Barbie – because she has 130 jobs! My six-year-old daughter wants to be a be a builder (so she can make free houses for homeless people), an astronaut and a scientist (so she can make pink and green potions).”

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5. Princess Leia

5. Princess Leia

“I grew up on Princess Leia busting everybody's balls.”

“Leia was an iconic role model when I was young and kickass women were distinctly lacking in the media.”

“Leia was so different from lead acting roles for females that I had seen in the past. She was in charge of the men, fighting men, making orders, and as a princess, didn't even marry a prince! I was fed on Disney cartoons at the time and the female leads back then all needed to be rescued. Leia didn't, nor was she defined by the men she loved (her brother, her partner). It really broadened my horizons. When I went to see The Force Awakens she was there again, bossing people around but vulnerable as a mother. Carrie Fisher played it so well.”

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6. Katniss Everdeen

6. Katniss Everdeen

“Katniss from The Hunger Games. My son even dressed as her for World Book Day when he was 10. He admires her survival skills and prowess with a bow and arrow.”

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7. Black Widow

7. Black Widow

“My daughter is a massive Marvel fan so she loves the Black Widow from The Avengers. She is strong, clever and is a massive role model to her.”

“I love The Black Widow's sassiness. I want to be her!”

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8. Matilda

8. Matilda

“Matilda is a great heroine – obsessed with reading and friends with the female librarian who helps her in her quest for fresh books.”

“The movie adaptation of Matilda is brilliant and shows a really positive image of smart and thoughtful little girls.”

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9. Merida

9. Merida

“My daughter's role model is Merida from Brave because, in my six-year-old's words, 'She's brave, kind and rides a horse!'”

“Merida has been my daughter's hero since she was four. I think she was the first princess hero. My daughter does karate and rides her bike and farts like a sailor then laughs uproariously.”

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10. Wonder Woman

10. Wonder Woman

“My 17-year-old daughter absolutely loved it. She wants to go and live on an Amazonian island and learn how to kick ass!”

“My daughter LOVES Wonder Woman. She's obsessed with her, has a few different outfits, loads of T-shirts and toys. She also says she wants to beat up bad people like Wonder Woman when she's older…”

Wonder Woman is in cinemas on 1 June.

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