I recently read a wonderful and surprising book, Adorkable by Sara Manning. It was a story about an outcast and how she decided long ago that fitting in was less important than being oneself. The story was surprisingly touching and empowering, and it made me think that these are the kind of books that teen girls should be reading now. Books that inspire them to embrace their individuality without fear of being left out.
As I got older, I came to realize that it is much more important to be true to oneself than to follow a path forged by others. This was a lesson I began learning in childhood but it wasn't until I left school that it truly made sense. Hopefully my list of female role models will help you find your own way.