This is an easy answer; any book written by a woman before the turn of the century was ahead of its time. Just the fact that women had the bravery and determination to put pen to paper in a society where men were calling all the shots and oppressing them shows how far ahead of their time they were. I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that without these brave women who risked everything to tell their stories, literature as we know it today would not have existed. If you are looking for specific examples, how about Maya Angelou, one of the greatest African American memoir writers of her time. Or how about Mary Shelley, the woman who at the tender age of eighteen practically invented the whole science fiction genre with her book, Frankenstein? The list goes on and on with names like Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Harper Lee, and many others. For the past few years now I have challenged myself to only purchase and read books written by women and it has been a great experience. One of my favorite discoveries has been The Book of the City of Ladies and The Treasure of the City of Ladies, both written by Christine de Pizan, an author who was far ahead of her time.