Molly Grue, Lady Ekaterin Vorsoisson Vorkosigan, Mary Russell. That's three intelligent, decisive, independent women. Molly might be more clever than intellectual, but she's still fantastic, and deals sensibly with many a difficult situation. I adore Ekaterin, watching her find her feet, then take a breath, and follow both her head and her heart. Mary Russell is a match for Holmes. Of course she's extraordinary.