fierce and formidable women
commas and semicolons with reckless abandon."
— Aunt Josephine
"Fierce and formidable" is a word combination I first heard in the odd and fantastic series "A Series of unfortunate Events", in which one of the characters, Aunt Josephine undergoes an astonishing transformation from an over-worrying hypochondriac to a strong and courageous woman, her former and true self.
I see this strength and courage in so many women I meet! Listening to their stories and writing them down is the most empowering and enheartening thing to do.