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8 Halloween costumes that represent powerful women

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

Awesome Halloween costumes ideas for strong, independent women

There was a time when I thought it was super fun and flirty to dress up as a sexy referee for Halloween.

Then, as chance would have it, I turned 19. If dressing up as a sexy anything brings your heart joy, then you should absolutely go for it. But if, by chance, your heart is set on a Halloween look that is a little more alpha woman than erotic plaything, then consider donning one of these outfits for a woman on a mission.

1. Jen Welter

Awesome Halloween costumes ideas for strong, independent women
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Welter is the first woman coach of the NFL. Even though she's only 5'2" in a world of giants, she's a spitfire linebacker coach and has already made a splash with the Arizona Cardinals. She doesn't have an official costume for purchase, but you can totally wear a Cardinals tank and flex your biceps — people will know who you are. (Lady Fanatics, $34)

2. Beyoncé

Awesome Halloween costumes ideas for strong, independent women
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Sure, you have to have some guts to put on a leather and lace bodysuit for a night on the town. This particular Beyoncé-inspired costume, however, nails the interplay of power and femininity that the pop star is known for. Go ahead and be your own Sasha Fierce. (Bonanza, $70)

3. Daenerys Targaryen

Awesome Halloween costumes ideas for strong, independent women
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If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you know the alpha appeal of monarch Daenerys Targaryen. She's beautiful, powerful and navigates the transition from frightened girl to alpha woman like a champion. Wear her dothraki like the warrior woman you are. (Spirit of Halloween, $60)

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4. Olivia Pope

Awesome Halloween costumes ideas for strong, independent women
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Just grab any business blouse and pants or work dress already hanging in your closet, carry around a glass of wine and you're done. It's like getting ready for work, but you get to drink wine. So much better, right?

5. Katniss Everdeen

Awesome Halloween costumes ideas for strong, independent women
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Any woman who can wield a bow and arrow like a boss is obviously an alpha woman. Wear this look with the high-heeled boots or not, but make sure to check your venue first to determine whether or not you can actually bring your archery gear with you. (PureCostumes.com, $42)

6. Rosie the Riveter

Awesome Halloween costumes ideas for strong, independent women
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The Rosie costume hit its heyday last year, so update it for this year by looking a little more historically accurate than all the other women who will wear denim shirts and red headbands. You can't go wrong with a little "we can do it," woman-power attitude! (Candy Apple Costumes, $44)

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7. Amelia Earhart

Awesome Halloween costumes ideas for strong, independent women
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We'll admit that this particular Amelia Earhart costume does no justice to the historical figure's hips. But here's the thing: Earhart was a badass who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She had more important things on her mind than her outfit. (Costumeish, $40)

8. Ronda Rousey

Awesome Halloween costumes ideas for strong, independent women
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UFC champion Ronda Rousey is a rad female role model for 2015. No one can even touch her in the ring. Even though there doesn't yet appear to be a Rousey costume for sale, you can totally don one of her UFC Rousey tees, some biker shorts and a pair of gloves to look just like the beast herself. (UFC, $34 for tee)

How do you plan to embrace your inner alpha woman this Halloween?

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