Where are the Badass Women? – In Search of Less Depressing Fairy Tale Heroines

I hate to knock the less showy forms of strength and bravery–of course there is bravery in patience and endurance in the face of hardship.

But it gets damned depressing to read about that brand of bravery. You start to want the heroine to do something. To draw blood, to speak up, to take the initiative, to take something for herself.

You start to wonder:

Where are the Badass Women?