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.