Today is Election Day! I hit the polls first thing this morning, coffee in hand, and I’m stoked about exercising my democratic right to vote for the leader of the free world. (If you’re 18 or older, I hope you’re doing the same thing!)
YA books aren’t historically very political, but since the news has been consumed with the election, I’ve been thinking of how books tie in too. There are so many characters in YA that would be great leaders in the real world. Here are a couple glass-ceiling smashing ladies I’d be happy to see on the ballot.
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Obviously. The OG of smart, strong, courageous women in YA. I’d vote for Hermione for Minister of Magic, Prime Minister, President, and Leader of Everything.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
With her Congressman dad, Andie has politics in her blood. She’s successful, driven, organized, and has a plan for the future. Actually, she has a plan for pretty much everything.
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Anita has a 4.0 GPA and an acceptance to Princeton, which sounds like a pretty presidential start. But I can’t blame her for wanting to follow her dream of being a singer, especially if the world is about to end. Maybe if the asteroid doesn’t hit, she’ll reconsider a career in public service?
The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
Before Mia was a princess, she was just one of the little people. She handles her ruling responsibility with poise and has learned from her mistakes, just as a president should. Presidents: they’re just like us!
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena is the lost queen of Terrasen, but that’s not what makes her fit to be a leader. She reads. She fights. She’s fiercely loyal, and she doesn’t tolerate injustice. She’s also got an ego, and is ready to win in pretty much any situation.
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Her people chose her as queen because of her magic (except they were wrong, she doesn’t have any). I would choose her as president because she has spent her entire life preparing to lead, and because she works to understand her own people, and others.
The Swan Riders by Erin Bow
Greta has been tortured and killed, and still comes back as an AI to basically rule the world. But that doesn’t mean it’s an easy job. Amidst a rebellion, Greta uses everything she knows as a human and an AI to wield both power and compassion.
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Another obvious choice. Katniss became the face of a revolution, overthrew an unjust government, and led her people to victory. I’d vote for her, but maybe we should let her take a break from the public eye for a while.
Did we miss any stellar candidates? Add them in the comments! And remember, every vote counts.