Women were some of the top children’s book writers.
Louisa May Alcott, for example, published almost a book a year after 1870, including Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886).
Another children’s classic of this time was Little Lord Fuuntleroy (1886) by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Sarah Ome Jewett was well known for her stories about Maine, including the novel The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896).
More controversial was Kate Chopin’s The Awakening (1899), which was criticized at the time for discussing women’s sexuality but later became a feminist classic.
In 1891 Sophia Alice Callahan published the first known novel by a Native American woman: Wynema: A Child of the Forest. Two sisters, Winnifred and Edith Eaton, were the first Chinese American women to publish fiction, in 1899.