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

  1. awkwardandglorious said: KAT STRATFORD. she was beautiful, independent, funny, fiercely autonomous, intelligent, a feminist & listened to “angry girl music of the indie rock persuasion”. basically, she was really, really fucking cool.
  2. elizmayerle said: Angela Chase!
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