Madame le Pimpernel: Lady Marguerite Blakeney

MAY / JUNE 2012: BY RUTH ANDERSON MY EARLIEST MEMORIES of classic literature are not drawing room romances in the vein of Jane Austen or epic social commentary and meaty family drama from the pen of Dickens, but were swashbuckling, romantic adventures. Critical in developing my love of fiction and the power of imagination were... Continue Reading →


The Enigma of Juliet: Shakespeare’s Heroine

MAY / JUNE 2012: BY SHANNON H. A LOVELORN TEENAGE girl stands at her balcony one evening, gushing over the handsome stranger she has met at a masquerade ball that same night. She speaks nothing but open admiration for the man in question, Romeo Montague, despite the fact that their families have locked horns in... Continue Reading →

Feminine Mystique: The Women of Rebecca

MAY / JUNE 2012: BY RACHEL SEXTON Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderly again... Even if you have never read Daphne Du Maurier’s novel or seen the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film, you have been exposed to the story of Rebecca. It has permeated popular culture through parodies and references in other works. The... Continue Reading →

Modern Heroines: Hermione, Bella, and Katniss

MAY / JUNE 2012: BY CHARITY BISHOP WOMEN IN FICTION have changed over time to reflect society. In modern times our heroines reflect three different aspects of femininity: Hermione the scholar, Bella the homemaker, and Katniss the warrior. The most prominent writer of strong females in fiction is J.K. Rowling. Her books feature an assortment... Continue Reading →

From the Editor

I love a good story. It doesn’t matter if it is in a book or on screen, if it has a strong heroine, I’m there. Putting together any issue of Femnista is a challenge but also a delight. Part of my excitement is in seeing what my writers come up with. Picking a topic like... Continue Reading →

Behind Neverland: J.M. Barrie

MARCH / APRIL 2012: BY CAROL STARKEY I have always enjoyed the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up. He has always intrigued me, an ageless boy who takes three children from our world into his. But as I learned the story behind the author, J. M. Barrie, I saw that Peter... Continue Reading →

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