I just watched The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it was brutal but I can't stop thinking about it.

I've been somewhat obsessed with heroines lately and I've been mulling over the characteristics of those women in literature and art that I find inspiring and why I find them so.  

What makes a woman worthy of recognition? Beauty? Intelligence? Strength-moral, physical or emotional strength? Skill? Mystique? Perseverance? Just being a straight bad ass? ...