The Guardian on girl heroes.

The essay suggests that "what you look for in a fictional hero is often some reflection of yourself".

Hmmm.  Who were my girl heroes?  I feel like there were characters who I identified with more than worshiped.  Anastasia Krupnik, definitely -- I felt like I was her sometimes.  Beezus.  While I loved Harriet, I felt like I understood Beth Ellen.  Jane from The Dark is Rising series. 

I know that can't be all -- I'm going to have to think on this more.