Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week, wherein we spotlight strong women and nonbinary folks who inspire us. This includes fictional characters in geeky media and creators as well. They are a prime example of empowerment and how crucial it is for youth to have said example to follow.

DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers for Meredith Moriarty‘s WEBTOON series, Third Shift Society. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading it, check it out!

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Ellie McGuinness

Fast Facts:

Ellie getting ready to punch a monster with her supernatural fire fist.

Third Shift Society WEBTOON Original Series.

Ellie McGuinness is a down-on-her-luck, broke, unemployed ex-college student with a massive amount of student debt and no degree for her efforts. At the beginning of Third Shift Society, she loses the only job that was helping her make ends meet just two days shy of her rent being due. Too bad she doesn’t have a lot of experience or skill in anything that can get her some quick cash. When she is ready to toss in the towel, something big comes flying out of the top window, literally.

In falls Icabod, a man with a pumpkin head and a slew of supernatural monsters and mysteries. And it turns out Ellie has her own mystical powers. With a new career path underway, she joins Icabod in solving paranormal mysteries. With a whole new world in front of her, she works hard to hone her skills and be an asset to the team. However, Ellie still manages to slip up here and there, finding herself helping a demon and becoming magically linked to another.

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The Real Deal:

Ellie McGuinness is the real deal. She may struggle in some aspects of life, like adulting, but she is kickass in the ones that matter. Like solving supernatural mysteries and taking on demons, and crushing monsters. If you looked up the definition of a strong, kickass woman, Ellie’s picture would be right there. But she is just more than her ability to take down hordes of undead skeletons and crack monster skulls together. Ellie is compassionate and thinks of others way before she thinks of herself. She’s one of those solid friends you would call if you ever needed something.

Why She Matters:

Ellie punching a supernatural monster in the face.

Third Shift Society WEBTOON Original Series.

So, why does Ellie McGuinness matter? She is a badass, supernatural sleuth who can take on the biggest and badest monsters. But she is also compassionate and cares very much for her friends and doing the right thing. But one of the most important things to learn from Ellie is that it’s okay not to be good at things. Ellie’s struggles aren’t to show off that she’s terrible at adulting or clumsy but that she’s human. And like the rest of us, when she finds something that she is good at, her whole life changes. It’s a great reminder to keep positive when struggling to find your path.

So, be like Ellie. Be strong and fierce in the face of danger, have compassion for the people around you and remember that it’s okay to fail at things on the path of life.

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