I think Lisbeth Salander is a prime example of female strength in modern cinema and literature. She does not have super powers. No super strength, no psychic powers, no connections to people who can bail her out. No, in fact, she's just as vulnerable as the next girl. But she takes care of herself. She doesn't need Mikael Blomkvist to take care of her. She didn't want her guardianship because (mostly because Bjurman was abusive) she wanted freedom and independence. She might not be the best role model, because she does perform fairly violent acts. But honestly, I'd much rather my future daughter look up to her than say, Bella Swan. Because if you can't take care of yourself, who will?