Titles Written For Girls
During the 1930s and 1950s, there were few careers available to young women in the work force. The most common of these were all in a service position, like being a nurse or flight attendant. These books follow the women in their daily duties, tame romantic pursuits and other female interests. Throughout their stories, these characters reinforce the possibility of having a career to the young women who enjoy the novels, but also bring home that they only have a few choices.
Another subcategory of popular, female centric, young adult series books was following the lives of young women in college. These tote similar characteristics to the novels that portray professions, having women pursue only “ladylike degrees”, their interactions with other co-eds and the use of their smarts to solve mysteries. These stories encourage young women to go to school and get a higher education, yet their sentiment is still fitting with the time placing emphasis on proper female pursuits and charm.
Much like the infamous Nancy Drew series, there is a large portion of novels that focus on young women who do not attend school or work. These young women get along based on their charm, poise, cunning and family connections. They often have a young woman going out on an adventure with a trusty sidekick or two, but not after a stern talking to by an authority figure. These portray the way a young woman can use her intelligence to her advantage while also maintaining her femininity.