Bluestockings, Independent Misses, & Feminists
Romances starring heroines who are considered bluestockings, intellectuals, independent misses, or strongly feminist are featured here. Different criteria are used to judge whether an historical versus a contemporary heroine would appear on the list. For example, in an historical setting, a woman who opens her own business might be judged quite independent; in contemporary settings this would be commonplace. Likewise, in an historical setting, a heroine who reads her brother’s textbooks from his first year at university might be considered a bluestocking while in a contemporary setting a heroine would need to have a graduate degree, truly be an intellectual, or be an academic researcher to be placed on the list. Note: This list was once part of the Nerds, Geeks,and absent-Minded Professors list.
(List begun 09/97, updated 05/13)