Libby--She does what she has to to keep her independence in a society where marriage is expected of women and then suffocates their lives. She might even wear pants eventually.
Ida--She is musical, mediumistic, independent, intuitive. She already wears pants.
Anna, Olive, Prudence--Three very different friends. Anna tries to hold it all together with her gift of friendship--one of her many gifts. She is hampered by a time that doesn't allow women to reach their potential.
Curtis--Lovable extrovert, into the horticultural joys of life. Jonathan--Former silk farmer, now Curtis's partner--in all things.
Jacob--There are two: Leiherer, who loves animals, and Pemberton, who can't understand why his wife asks so much more of life than she's entitled to.
There are others. Read the sample.