There are millions of women and marginalized people who have been forgotten, people who managed to carve out one little moment of achievement or significance in their life. Should they be relegated to the waste bin of history because they weren’t deemed noteworthy? Martin Luther King was able to convince President Johnson to push the Civil Rights Act because of the of men and women who sat at at lunch counters, returned year after year to register to vote even though the requirements were constantly changed, and refused to give up a seat on the bus.
Luckily, we have fiction to fill the void. Women have been writing historical fiction featuring real and fictional female characters for years. It’s the job of history books to tell us about the overachievers; it’s up to fiction to tell the smaller stories, to remind us that everyday courage matters, too.