Assia Djebar was an Algerian novelist, translator, and filmmaker. She was a staunch feminist, and her works mostly revolved around the issues faced by women. She was fiercely anti-patriarchal and anti-colonial. In 2005, she became the first writer from the Maghreb to be elected to the Académie française. She received the 1996 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.
Ahlam Mosteghanemi became the first female author from Algeria to have her books translated from Arabic to English. Daughter of militant activist Mohammed Cherif, Ahlam is known for her bestselling novels such as Memory of the Flesh. Her works reflect her fight against fundamentalism and corruption.