This week marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Predjudice. Some call her the mother of “chick lit” but she’s much more. She gave us some of the strongest female characters in the history of literature far before women were allowed to be strong. “They are easy to read and have a simplicity that is hard to get as a writer, which Austen worked hard to achieve,” says Professor Janet Todd, the general editor of the nine-volume Cambridge edition of the Works of Jane Austen. ”But it’s a surface simplicity, there is a lot more going on. It combines wish fulfilment with a sense of the unlikelihood of it happening. There is always a modification to the romantic ending which points us back to real life.” So besides providing great literature, some of the best movies ever and Colin Firth, she was a great career role model for all generations. Here are some things we can thank Jane for.