I stand at a proud five-foot-nothin’, but I’m tenacious as a barnacle and my ambitions are bigger than Dolly Parton’s hair. There have been lots of times reading Shakespeare when I’ve felt seen, but this much-quoted line of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (III.ii.335) really hits the nail on the head. Lucky for us short shes, there’s no dearth of prints, t-shirts, pins, and more that proclaim, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”
It’s worth noting that Hermia’s response to Helena’s declaration is not a positive one. She replies, ” ‘Little’ again? Nothing but ‘low’ and ‘little’!– / Why will you suffer her to flout me thus? / Let me come to her.” Hermia does not appreciate her small stature being called out. But, such that it is, the show must go on and, as it happens, the cast has bigger, uh, donkeys to fry.
If, unlike Hermia, you enjoy your diminutive self, take a look at some of the sweet items branded around “Though she be but little, she is fierce,” to channel your Lady Gaga (5’1″), your Janelle Monae (5’0″), your Lucy Liu (5’3″), your Jazz Jennings (5’2″), or whatever petite lady rocks your world.
Perfect for a rustic wedding display of photos of the bride or brides, a nursery, or just your super trendy apartment.
Speaking of nurseries, how ’bout a onesie?
Perhaps a small and subtle reminder for the more difficult days is your style.
If you’re going to give in to your coffee addiction, you might as well do it in style.
The phrase does have a nice “ring” to it. Heh.
Share your diminutive pride with a greeting card.
Get your fitness on and remember your fierce vibes with this tank top.
Think you’d like to do a bit of DIY?
Understated. Classic. Perfect for your little corner of the world.
Nursery, ocean-themed bathroom, whatever tickles your fancy, this seahorse has you covered.
Into cheering or cute accessories?
Get fierce and cozy with this decorative pillow.
Or grab this necklace—how charming!
Grab some easy peasy printable and elegant art for your home.
Maybe something a little more minimalist is your style.
You need a bag in which to carry all those books; trust me.
And if you’re going to have a tote bag, you’re going to want things to put in it, like this stylish journal.
Frankly, you also need this decal.
Or, if you like something more illustrative, try this sticker.
I’m guessing you’ll also need this sweet makeup bag (which could totally work as a pencil case if you’re not a makeup person).
And you might want this compact mirror to put in your makeup bag.
With this race bib holder, you’ll run circles ’round your opponents, no doubt.
There are about a million shirt options, too. Here are some good ones.
There are loads more where these came from, too. Check out Etsy for more sweet “Little but Fierce” gear. The beauty of internet shopping is you can shop well after you’ve dropped. Need more Shakespeare content? Try our Shakespeare archives. On a shopping spree and want more bookish stuff? Take a look at Book Fetish. Sorry about your wallet.