Hmmm.........interesting question! There are many female literary characters that I would love to meet if they existed in my world . I guess I will discuss two of my favourites.
1) Hester Prynne, The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
She was condemned for having a child out of wedlock by the Puritans who had the "Holier than thou" attitude. Initially her character comes off as a sad victim however she keeps her head high throughout. I think she was dignified which in essence made her a strong woman. Her character has been described by NPR as being, “among the first and most important female protagonists in American literature. She’s the embodiment of deep contradictions: bad and beautiful, holy and sinful, conventional and radical… [she] can be seen as Hawthorne’s literary contemplation of what happens when women break cultural bounds and gain personal power.”
2) Jo March - Little Women (Louisa May Alcot)
I loved this character so much. She was a tomboy that transformed into this amazing individual. She was ahead of her time. She was also independent and brave. She was such a strong woman. All the characteristics she possessed were definitely not the accepted norm for women of her era I think this is why I found her fascinating.