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Since March is Women's History Month, I am sharing two lists of strong female fictional characters that recently appeared in the blogosphere. When viewed together, it's a then and now look at women on the printed page.
The first list, Honoring Literature's Top 15 Female Powerhouses, is from a March 1 blog post written by J. Rachel Gustafson for The Big Read, the blog of the National Endowment for the Arts. The featured heroines are from the pages of classic novels. My personal favorites from the list are Jo March, Scout Finch, and Hester Prynne.
For a list of contemporary protagonists, there's Our favorite female heroines, from the March 5 blog post written by Eliza Borne for The Book Case, the BookPage Blog. These featured heroines all debuted in novels published in the 21st century. My favorite character from the list is Bethia Mayfield from Caleb's Crossing.
Are your favorite characters mentioned? Who would you add to these lists? Feel free to leave a comment below.
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