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Staff Round-Up: Celebrating Underrated Women of Literature

It’s Women’s History Month, and your friendly neighborhood blog team wanted to know which literature ladies our staff considers completely underrated. Who is well overdue for some props? Which unsung hero should indeed be sung about?! Join us in a round of appreciative applause for these fictional women.

Tuck Everlasting

Can we PLEASE talk about Winnie Foster, from Natalie Babbitt’s TUCK EVERLASTING? Winnie is ten years old when she discovers a spring behind her house that could make her live forever. A cute boy even offers to marry her if she drinks from the spring once she comes of age! The cute boy’s dad tells her that death is actually fine and living forever is the pits. Winnie is ten years old when she decides not to drink from the spring – a decision she makes every single day for the rest of her life, knowing both that death is coming for her and that she has a way out if she wants to take it. She’s ten – again, TEN!!! – when she confronts her own mortality and goes, “sounds great!” Holy moly!!! What a brave decision!!!
–Heather Job, Associate Publicist

My favorite literary lady is by far Precious Ramotswe, also known as Mma Ramotswe., the main character of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels by Alexander McCall Smith. First of all, she founded the first Detective Agency in Botswana completely run by women, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Even if she’s an extremely successful business woman, she has never forgotten the girl she has been and the values her beloved father taught her. She has also the highest ethical standards when it comes to resolving cases. In her personal life, she has been able to walk away from a toxic marriage, and she is now happily living with her honest husband and their two adopted children. She is funny, wise, empathetic and loves life. I am never tired of reading Mma Ramotswe’s adventures!
–Gloria Tononi, Marketing Analytics Manager

**Hear how Precious got her start in the Young Readers stories!**

Vailisa, the main character in the enthralling fantasy The Bear and the Nightingale, is a truly fantastic female. Not only does she break gender norms in the traditional Russian society she lives in by refusing to stay at home or be sent to a convent, but she also learns to embrace and use the magical gifts she was born with to save her loved ones. The fact that she also gets to interact with characters from fairytales and fables is a plus, too!
–Taraneh DJangi, Associate Director, Strategic Marketing

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Author: J.K. Rowling
Read By: Jim Dale

Luna Lovegood is an underrated goddess. Unapologetically weird and creative, Luna is a total diva: daughter of a political dissident, editor of The Quibbler magazine, and Magizoologist. The pink glasses say it all.
–Margaux Maxwell, Marketing and Publicity Intern


For more stories by and about women, visit our adult and kids & teens collections celebrating Women’s History Month