Reading over the article reminded me of something. All the heroines on the list are from movies made in the 80's or later, and it seems like the biggest complaint is that by this time, we should know that women can do things for themselves.

This past weekend, I watched Metropolis for the first time (the silent film, not the anime) and one of my first comments was how active a role Maria takes for a film of that era.

So, there you go, modern movies. If a heroine from a film made 85 years ago can take an active role in the plot, a leading lady in a current film certainly can.