Everyone has their favourite 'era' of comic reading, I always loved x-men/new mutantsearly-mid 80's.
Then when Shadowcat/Nightcrawler/Rachel Summers got sent to the UK, it all went tits up.
I still think Bill Sienkiewicz's reign on New Mutants was beyong compare. their stories were so much darker then their fellow X men!
i wish Bill would've had a chance to draw X men too, but he then went and craeted the Elektra series, so, I forgive him!
As for female mutants, that whole era had some brilliant ones: Rogue, Shadowcat, Magma, Moonstar,Karma, Betsy Braddock, Storm, Magik, Rainie, ah nostalgia!