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1990s nostalgia is all the rage these days, which got me thinking: who are my favorite women of the ’90s? Right away, these women (some real, some fictional) stood out:

 

Clarissa Darling: Clarissa was one of the most true to life characters to ever grace teen television. The relationship between Clarissa and little brother Ferguson was so realistic, as was her friendship with Sam (see, guys and girls CAN be friends!). She was smart and witty and faced the typical triumphs and tribulations of being a teenager with humor. We also have the success of Clarissa Explains It All to thank for the creation of other shows with cool female leads, like The Secret World of Alex Mack and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo.

 

D.J. Tanner: As much as I love my sisters, they are both much older than me - 15 and 16 years older, to be exact. I always wanted a sister who was slightly closer in age to me, and one who was like D.J.; yes, she mostly wanted to hang out with Kimmie and Steve, and she did try to steal Tommy Page away from Stephanie, but she always made time for her little sisters and didn’t torment them too much.  

 

Gwen Stefani: My life forever changed when I first heard No Doubt’s “Just a Girl.” To 11-year-old me, there was no one cooler than lead singer Gwen Stefani, a platinum blonde from just two counties over. She wore bindis! And crop tops! Yes, I was a Gwenabee.

 

Shirley Manson: Harder edged than Gwen, Garbage’s Shirley Manson was my other musical idol. She was feisty and fiery, with the coolest Scottish accent. I can still remember my friends and I running around the playground singing “I’m Only Happy When it Rains” at the top of our lungs.

 

Ann M. Martin: Oh, when I think of all the money my parents spent on Baby-sitters Club books, I’m pretty sure it would have been able to pay for my first car and possibly my second. I devoured those books, especially when they featured sophisticated Stacey McGill. While Ann M. Martin didn’t write every single book (it was usually the people she acknowledged on the dedication page), she did create the world of Stoneybrook, CT, and was the reason why I couldn’t wait to turn 13.

 

There’s a slew of possibilities, from Blossom to Alanis Morissette, Brenda Walsh to Daria. Who do you pick? -Catherine

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The magic of the internet means that more often than not, I’ll get the opportunity to find something I only recall from a word, phrase, or image. A little digging revealed that the book I’ve remembered as “the story about that lady who was the world’s first female shark scientist or something” is actually called Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark by Ann Mcgovern. You might remember Mcgovern as the woman behind the If You series; she penned classics such as If You Lived in Colonial Times and If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620. Shark Lady Eugenie Clark also wrote her own memoirs and I’m trying to track those down as well.

I’m also trying to find another favorite book that talks about the life of Florence Nightingale, who created the profession of nursing. Though that, I’ve come across her own book, Notes on Nursing What It Is and What It Is NotDo you have any favorite books about women’s historical figures from your childhood that you remember fondly (or barely)?

- Intern Kate

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I’ve been thinking a lot about teachers lately, thanks to the state of California constantly slashing the education budget. My sister is a third grade teacher, so I see firsthand how these cuts are affecting both her and her students, and it bums me out. With that on my mind, I decided to come up with a list of some of my favorite famous female teachers. There’s Annie Sullivan, Christa McAuliffe, and Maria Montessori. From television and books, there’s Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus, as well as Miss Bliss from the Saved by the Bell prequel Good Morning, Miss Bliss and Edna Krabappel from The Simpsons. One teacher that stood out for some reason was Ms. Coleman from the Baby-Sitters Club Little Sister Series. I didn’t really read that series (I devoured the regular BSC books), but I think she’s so clear in my mind because I was in awe of someone who could spend all day in a small room with Karen Brewer and not gouge their eyes out. I know I’m missing a ton of awesome teachers, so share your picks! -Intern Catherine

I’ve been thinking a lot about teachers lately, thanks to the state of California constantly slashing the education budget. My sister is a third grade teacher, so I see firsthand how these cuts are affecting both her and her students, and it bums me out. With that on my mind, I decided to come up with a list of some of my favorite famous female teachers. There’s Annie Sullivan, Christa McAuliffe, and Maria Montessori. From television and books, there’s Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus, as well as Miss Bliss from the Saved by the Bell prequel Good Morning, Miss Bliss and Edna Krabappel from The Simpsons. One teacher that stood out for some reason was Ms. Coleman from the Baby-Sitters Club Little Sister Series. I didn’t really read that series (I devoured the regular BSC books), but I think she’s so clear in my mind because I was in awe of someone who could spend all day in a small room with Karen Brewer and not gouge their eyes out. I know I’m missing a ton of awesome teachers, so share your picks! -Intern Catherine

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"Her very walk has a swing of mischief and defiance in it,” George Foster wrote of the Gal; Abram Dayton, another contemporary, remembered that “her gait and swing were studied imitations of her lord and master, and she tripped by the side of her beau ideal with an air which plainly said, ‘I know no fear and ask no favor."

- Bowery Gals. An awesome quote from a book I’m reading for BoJ. (via notalexus)
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Hello! This is Catherine, one of the interns. While researching entries for the Book of Jezebel, I’ve been learning little known facts about people or characters I’m very familiar with, including Aaliyah, Ariel (as in the Little Mermaid), and Jane Addams. But I’ve also been introduced to plenty of new names, like the poet Anna Akhmatova. I’m surprised that I’ve never come across her before, having taken a few poetry courses in college, but I’m glad I finally did. The works I’ve read of hers so far are intense, thought provoking and rather beautiful.

Now, of course, I want to discover other awesome women that I didn’t know existed. Please share you best (living or dead) under-the-radar activists, poets, novelists, politicians, actresses, etc. so I can scour the Internet for everything I can find out about them. Some might even become contendors to make it into the book…

-Catherine

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Looking for vintage public health posters having to do with women’s health/sexual health. I found this, which I love. If any of followers can think of any others, do let me know. —Anna

Looking for vintage public health posters having to do with women’s health/sexual health. I found this, which I love. If any of followers can think of any others, do let me know. —Anna

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We’re making a list of memorable and awesome female characters from children’s TV shows. I tweeted about this earlier, and your responses have helped us put together the beginnings of a list. Please do let us know who or what we’re missing, either by replying to this post or emailing us at book [at] jezebel.com

Maria (Sesame Street)

Jana of the Jungle

Powerpuff Girls

She-Ra

Red (Fraggle Rock)

Janice (Electric Mayhem)

Lady Elaine Fairchilde (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood)

Jodie (Today’s Special)

Sandy Cheeks (SpongeBob)

Pinky Dinky Doo

Olivia

Edith Ann (Sesame Street)

Janice (Muppet Show)

Miss Piggy (Muppet Show)

Dora the Explorer

Prairie Dawn (Sesame Street)

Zoe (Sesame Street)

Susan (Sesame Street)

Millie the Helper (Electric Company)

Word Girl

Vikki (3-2-1 Contact)

Carmen Sandiego

Gadget Hackwrench (Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers)

Pepper Ann

Bernadette (ZOOM)

Penny (Inspector Gadget)

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annaholmes:

Joan of Snark! Tagline: “Perhaps correct. Definitely exhausting.” Also, check out the “masthead”, which reads:

POLITICAL WOMAN

Activism is your duty

FEMME-TERTAINMENT

Movies, TV and More

GIRLS LIT GOLDMINE

Reading Frenzy

FASHION & BEAUTY

Because You’re a Goddess

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Protect Thyself

BLOGOSPHERE

Speak your mind

VIDEO ARCHIVES

Watch or Be Watched

Obviously, this will be in the book.

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Reminder: Just 4 more days until we stop accepting applications for interns for the book. For more background on what the internships will entail, click here and here. (Contact details can be found within the “Info” tag at the top of this page.) For those who’ve already applied: Thanks very much for your interest. We’ve been enjoying your submissions and will be in contact with candidates the first and second weeks of March. —Anna

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Illustrators and artists: We’re loving your submissions. Thanks for your interest, and keep ‘em coming.

(Image above by Yoshitomo Nara.)