It's no secret that I ate, slept, and breathed Sweet Valley High as a preteen. I pretty much always wished I had a twin, wanted my childhood blonde to last forever, and could never decide if I was a Jessica or an Elizabeth. Trying to make myself fit into one of two cookie cutter blonde options may not have been one of the most feminist moments in Sweet Valley High history, but I loved them nonetheless. Thanks to the likes of the Wakefield sisters, I spent my adolescent years waiting for exciting and ridiculous things to happen to me, as they so often happened in Sweet Valley. However much I loved the Wakefield sisters, as an adult I came to realize that the twins are the very definition of a "problematic fave," because while their shallow glitz and glamor may have reeled me in as a kid, feminist moments in Sweet Valley High are few and far between.
But if you search deep, you can find a few feminist moments throughout the series. Mostly due in part to Elizabeth's bookworm and achievement oriented nature, but occasionally, Jess had her feminist moments too. Though the two sisters were at odds for the better portion of the beloved series, every so often, they came together to lift one another up, and lift their friends up, too — who could forget Lila, Maria, and Enid? Though they may be difficult to find, here are seven of the most feminist moments in Sweet Valley High history, to help you reconcile your love for your problematic faves.