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Too often, media of all forms portrays female characters without the depth and strength of real women. So it's refreshing to read about those who are as complex as they are inspiring — true heroines we can aspire to be more like. Fortunately, you don't just find these ladies (and knights) in modern "woke" storylines, they can be found in timeless tales. If you know where to look.

We asked our friends at Goodreads to share with us which books they think have the most kickass women. From sword-wielding protectors to young rebellious spirits, here are their top 10 picks. Let this list inspire your (and your friend's and your daughter's!) next read.