Okay, okay... I'm allowed one entry a month that detracts from the theme, right? I found this description on Weekly Horoscope.com The depiction of this woman really moved me--enough to make want to post it. It's the MOTHER OF SWORDS - MYSTERY Tarot card.
Complex intelligence. She appears to be strong and balanced as long as you don't peck behind the curtain. She will use her intellect to cut through illusion. She will appear to be on top of her mental abilities.My God if there was ever a description that I could relate to, may this be the definitive quote.Her perceptiveness will amaze all who ask a question of her. She runs from the scrutiny of others because she fears judgment from having dropped her sword of intellect into the waters beneath her. She doesn't yet realize that she doesn't need the sword to exercise her keen mental attributes. She will run if you try to get too close. She is easy to love, but difficult to love deeply. She often appears sad and a bit lonely even if there are people around her. Behind her smile are tears. This is someone who would be a great psychologist, counselor, or social worker. Often absent from important engagements either physically or mentally. She is quick-witted and funny. She is completely honest with others even though she will judge herself in a harsher light.
...She is easy to love, but difficult to love deeply...
Other notable women characters I greatly respect:
Kate Minola (of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew) [Katherine and Bianca Essay | Field of Essays | SparkNotes| Wikipedia ]
Atalanta (Greek Heroine)
[The Story of Atalanta | Carlos Parada's page | Mythology ]
Feel free to add to the list if you are familiar with any other characters