Two such 'odd' women, women suffering the humiliation of being elderly and unmarried in Victorian society, are Virginia and Alice Madden, eking out a tiny income in a stifling and genteel boarding house. Their younger sister Monica escaped into a loveless marriage amd is paying a bitter price. Through their friend Rhonda Nunn, a daring feminist whose mission is to educate spinsters for the independant lives they must lead, they are made aware of the depth of their oppression. But when Rhonda falls in love, she is forced to re-examine her life and arrive at a decision that is true to herself. In its fierce criticism of a society that encouraged the oppression of women and consequently the arrogance and cruelty of men, The Odd Women (1893) was astonishingly ahead of its time, and vividly reminds us that feminism in not a new concern. It is also an unflinching examination of the dilemma of choosing between one's desires and one's principles.