Literary Characters That Would Have Been Barnard Women

by Alexandra Ley

Bonnie Wright (2011)

Have you ever wanted to have dinner with characters from your favorite books? What if that dinner could happen in Hewitt? We believe that these literary characters could have been strong beautiful Barnard women, had they existed in the contemporary world.

Ginny Weasley (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
Let’s face it–she’s the ultimate girl next door. Ginny would be a favorite of all the professors and pursued by tons of Columbia guys. In addition to being a star basketball player, you can bet she would be a columnist at Spec and a leader of the Occupy CU movement. She’s that girl everyone knows, because she doesn’t judge and would be great to spend time with.

Hometown: Devon, England
Major: Biochemistry and French
Liz’s Place drink: Pumpkin Spice Latte with a shot of espresso

Portia (The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare)

Lynn Collins as Portia (2004)

Portia would be the Vice-President of SGA, and never lets anybody get in the way of she wants, whether it’s that cute new tee at the Barnard Bookstore or a great grade on a history paper. She’s great at negotiating her way out of sticky situations, and would probably intern downtown for a consulting firm when she’s not helping with production for Columbia’s student theatre troupes. She would have pledged Alpha Chi Omega last year, and would never let her sisters down!


Hometown: Belmont, Italy
Major: Sociology, Minor: Religion, Concentration: Pre-Law
Liz’s Place drink: Black tea

Katharine Hepburn as Josephine March (1933)

Josephine March (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)
Jo would spend many nights writing in Butler, but not always on schoolwork–this young woman would aim to get invited back to speak at Barnard as a Summer Reading Alumna after publishing her debut novel. She would have ambitions of interning at the New York Times next semester, but for the meantime she would keep herself busy writing plays for LateNite and editing The Federalist.

Major: English (Emphasis: American Literature), Minor: German, Philosophy
Liz’s Place Drink: Coffee with milk and two sugars

Megan Follows as Anne Shirley (1985)

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery)
Anne would be that girl known around campus for her “can-do” attitude and stubbornness. Passionate about helping everyone, she would regularly go on Habitat for Humanity trips around Manhattan and tutor children in reading, writing, and math. Anne would normally be found outside on Lehman Lawn, in Riverside Park, and on Low Steps in all kinds of weather – she simply loves the outdoors, and won’t stand being kept inside for classes. She would also participate in Columbia’s Sailing Club and FITbear classes.

Major: English and Women’s Studies
Hometown: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Liz’ Place drink: Strawberry smoothie

Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis (2001)

Princess Mia Thermopolis (The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot)
Sure, Mia is known to be a little loopy, but this born-and-bred New Yorker-turned-princess would be able to keep a low profile at this busy university, and like it that way. She would love writing pieces for Echoes (submitted anonymously, of course), and regularly volunteers to help out with CIRCA Model UN events, although she prefers to focus on her responsibilities in real foreign affairs.

Hometown: New York, NY
Major: English (Emphasis: Creative Writing);
Minor: Political Science
Liz’s Place drink: Low-fat mocha

Alexandra Ley is a senior at Barnard and Contributing Editor for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of FanpopTwo Decades of Ladies365 Days of Shakespeare, The Hollywood Art and Tumblr.

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