It seemed that Dernhelm laughed, and the clear voice was like the ring of steel. "But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund's daughter. you stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undeed, I will smite you, if you touch him."
I have my problems with Eowyn like most people do, and like I do with most characters. But this is easily one of the most rousing statements of girl power I've ever come across. Not just the deeds but the "clear voice like the ring of steel" and the way she taps into her heritage the way any son would. Betty Friedan ain't got nothing on her.