Thanks to David Cranmer for this tip:
Jess Nevins has written an intriguing piece over at io9. It's so interesting that I'm going to send you straight over there to read it. The name of the piece is "Badass Women of the Pulp Era."
Nevins won my heart with this introduction:
....the pulps were more progressive than mainstream fiction (and film and comic strips, etc.) in a number of respects, including and especially the number of formidable female characters who appeared in them. Even excluding those characters whose writers forced them into marriage and respectability, the list of Women Badder Than You is long.
I'd like to hear all of your opinions about this essay. I hope that one day I can be part of this exclusive group of Badass Women of the Pulp Era, if only because it's such a great title.
This is the first time I've looked at io9, although I haven't been around much lately. Do any of you know anything about this blog?