WATCH: Famous Female Characters Tackle Abuse and Violence

Uma Thurman as Black Mamba in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

William Congreve once coined the saying “Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned” and since it is 16 Days of Activism, its only appropriate that we pay homage to some famous on screen female characters that have hit back against domestic violence and abuse.

Gina Davis as Thelma in Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise must be the quintessential women empowerment film of the 1990s and Gina Davis enthralls as unfulfilled housewife with an abusive husband who runs off to the sunset with her best friend.

Zoe Saldana as Cataleya in Colombiana

Young Cataleya witnesses a crime lord and his henchman murder her parents. She grows up to be a fierce warrior set out to avenge her parent’s death.

Jennifer Lopez as Slim in Enough

Jennifer Lopez plays a typical battered wife unable to defend herself from her abusive husband until she goes for martial arts lessons that turn her into a powerful fighter who stands up for herself.

Uma Thurman as Black Mamba (The Bride) in Kill Bill

There is no Quentin Tarantino female movie character more legendary than Black Mamba, played by Uma Thurman. Black Mamba sets out on an epic revenge killing spree to find Bill, the leader of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, who shoots her after she tells him she is carrying his baby.


Every female lead character in Sin City

The female characters in Frank Miller’s Sin City are the queens of the underground with great sensibility, street knowledge and a sass that packs a mean punch.

Oprah Winfrey as Sofia in The Color Purple

Ms Sofia is one of most recognisable characters from Steven Spielberg’s screen adaptation of The Color Purple. She represents an authoritative female voice that will not be silenced by sexism, racism and male chauvinists.

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