Laura Croft (Tomb Raider), Ripley (Alien destoyer), Wonder Woman, Xena the Warrior Princess, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rose Sayer (Katherine Hepburn’s character in The African Queen), Yu Shu Lien (Martial Arts master in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), G.I. Jane, and the list goes on and on. No damsels in distress these!! Who is your favorite fictional “Tough Gal?”
My choice: Mrs. Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers. Witty, clever “talented amateur” and a model for all that came after.