In book after book, film after film, we edited, revised, redacted, and destroyed the strength of our female heros, substituting instead a kind of perfect pink-and-white passivity.

However, in the past twenty-five years there has been a re-evaluation of the female hero in folklore. Perceptive anthologists have begun to resurrect the female hero, showing us some of the riches that are still in the storehouses of folklore, unremarked but quite remarkable. They have uncovered stories of the most admirable women heros, young and old, who have been strong actors in their own epic narratives. Marina Warner calls such rescue work “snatching (the stories) out of the jaws of misogyny itself.” And we are all—women and men—inheritors of this wealth, so long hidden from us.
— Jane Yolen, foreword to Fearless Girls, Wise Women, & Beloved Sisters