- William Hale White (writing as Mark Rutherford): Clara Hopgood (controversially educated and independent sisters who shun convention leave their provincial home for London trying to gain social acceptance for Clara's illegitimate child)
- Margaret Drabble: The Millstone (unmarried young academic becomes pregnant after a one-night stand in early 1960s London and decides to give birth to her child and raise it herself)
- Ödön von Horváth: Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald (naive young woman must pay bitterly when she breaks off her reluctant engagement with a butcher after falling in love with a fop who, however, has no serious interest in returning her love)
- Arthur Schnitzler: Therese (woman toils to provide for her illegitimate son, who in the end turns against her)
- For more works of literature with female protagonists, see the List of literary works with eponymous heroines.
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