In response to this article:
Hilary Mantel: Women writers must stop falsely empowering female characters in history by
If it is fiction, write whatever you want. Add an empowered female with a freaking airship and call her Joan of Arc.
With NON-FICTION, I hope that the historian has done their research and just lays out the facts.... But historians are human too, with their own stories oozing onto the pages of history they are passionate about. You can read about the same event and get a totally different result based on the historian's interpretation.
In closing, use your brain. If you see that a book is based on a historical event and you want the "real story", start your non- fiction nose dive.
I hope to never turn into the sort of person who feels they need to tell others what they should write.
Of course, this is coming from someone currently crafting a fantasy novel with the Fates, some demons, and Lucrezia Borgia. No one tells me I can't have her. Oh, the Borgias in my book are not real. While I did research on them, much of what I am writing I made up completely.
I'll empower whoever I feel like, because that's the fantasy I have. Sweet, sweet empowerment.