10 Absolutely Incredible Women In Historical Fiction
4. Anna Frith in Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks: Like The Scarlet Letter, this novel tells the tale of a woman on the margins of society, yet whom society cannot deny. Young Anna must dodge both the plague and the conventions of 17th century English village life. Brooks considers the matters that still vex women today -- from gossip to social status to love -- while being true to the setting and time.
Birthmarked Series by Caragh M. O Brian: Set in a dystopian world, Gaia is a teen midwife who doesn't agree with taking the second child born to a family and "advancing" it to the rich in the Enclave. Loved everything about this trilogy and highly recommended!