There’s a lot of pressure every Halloween to pick the perfect costume. It should be creative, but not too hard to pull together, something fun, but recognizable. What if your costume was also strong, smart, and bold? What if you dressed up as a woman who inspires you, whether fictional or not? If this sounds like fun to you, here are some ideas to get you rolling!

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman for Halloween

Wonder Woman has always been a classic symbol of girl power, and now after the 2017 remake, she’s even more inspirational and current! Don some boots, buckle on the iconic Wonder Woman belt, and grab your lasso of truth, you Amazon you!

Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation

She’s a leader in her community, she’s bold, and she’s unashamed of being her true self at all times. What more could you ask for when you’re looking for Halloween costume inspiration? As she herself once said, “I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself.”

Bessie Coleman or Amelia Earhart

Bessie Coleman for Halloween

If you find a brown leather bomber jacket and an aviator’s cap and goggles, you could be dressing either as Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to hold a pilot’s license, or Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean. Your pick, but either way you’re dressing as a real-life inspiration.

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

This spunky, bookish witch is the perfect candidate for a Halloween costume. She’s a classic smart girl, and we love those here at Girls Inc.!

A Female Scientist

Hidden Figures women for Halloween

You could take this in so many directions. You could be Marie Curie, with old-fashioned clothes and beakers. Or you could be one of the awesome female mathematicians and engineers from Hidden Figures, like these girls! Or you could be just a standard scientist with goggles and a white coat. The possibilities are endless!

Rey from Star Wars – It’s pretty amazing that the current protagonist of the most popular sci-fi movie franchise of all time is female, so why not honor that by grabbing a light saber and doing your hair like this Jedi?

Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus

Miss Frizzle for Halloween

Miss Frizzle does it all: she’s a woman who loves science, she teaches the kids in her class to love science, and she’s also the owner of a mysterious school bus that can somehow do things like travel inside the human body and into outer space. Why not dress as her for Halloween? She’s the coolest!

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

You might be thinking: how does someone even dress as RBG, one of the most iconic Supreme Court Justices of all time? Easy: you buy an over-sized black robe, pull your hair into a very tight bun, and wear over-sized glasses. And maybe use one of her stellar quotes like, “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” 

Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter for Halloween

Finally, you could dress as an American icon who literally represents the strength of women. It’s an easy look, pulling together a denim shirt, a red head scarf, and maybe some retro eyeliner and lipstick. Then flex those muscles and tell the world, “We can do it!”