International Women’s Day: Superheroines with some kick

March 08, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.
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Jennifer Lawrence was tough and self-reliant in "The Hunger Games," giving us hope that perhaps we're turning a corner in the way women are portrayed in genre. Here's a look at other women of TV, film, comics and more who embody female empowerment. Did we miss someone? Let us know! (Murray Close / Lions Gates/Associated Press)

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Lara Croft in "Tomb Raider." (Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix / Associated Press)

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Sarah Michelle Gellar in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." (Warner Bros. Television)

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Linda Hamilton in "The Terminator" and here in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." (Tristar Pictures)

International Women’s Day is being honored today with that singular cultural touchstone: a Google Doodle.

The doodle drawing of faces of women around the world artistically honors the advancement of women’s rights — one of the chief goals of International Women’s Day — and the fact that a woman’s work, it seems, is never done.

Hero Complex is celebrating International Women’s Day in the best way it knows how: with a photo gallery of women from film, TV, games and comic books who embody female empowerment and, let’s face it, kick booty. (Yes, we said “booty,” but only because the L.A. Times censors made us.)

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Now we know there’s a long list of complaints about women in genre. Chiefly, that they are hyper-sexualized sidekicks who do little more than bust out of their curve-hugging costumes.

And, as Time points out, when are we going to see a really good superheroine movie?

But for International Women’s Day, we’re choosing to focus on the best and the brightest of the heroines we have.

As you flip through the photo gallery, let us know if we missed any of your favorite booty-kicking women, be they good or bad.

Tell us in the comments below — and explain your pick — and we’ll do our best to dig through our media library for an image and add it to the gallery.

Happy International Women’s Day!

— Rene Lynch


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