2 Margaret Atwood(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic & Environmental Activist)
Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist. Her works encompass themes, such as religion and myth, climate change, and gender and identity. An award-winning writer, many of Atwood's works have been made into films and television series; her work, The Handmaid's Tale, has had several adaptations. Perhaps, Margaret Atwood's most important contribution is her invention of the LongPen device.
3 Katherine Ryan(Comedian, Actress)
Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan initially worked at a restaurant to support her education and then stepped into open mic and comedy nights. She has performed across Canada and the UK and even at the LA-based Comedy Store. Now an actor, too, she is also a 2-time skin cancer survivor.
4 Alice Munro(Short story writer)
Her mother’s struggle with Parkinson's disease pushed Alice Munro into reading as an escape route. Munro later became a housewife, but soon soared to fame for her short story collections such as Too Much Happiness. The Canadian author later won the Nobel Prize and the Man Booker Prize, too.
5 Jane Jacobs(Journalist)
American-Canadian journalist Jane Jacobs is best known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. A specialist in urban culture and its issues, she was one of the few women who excelled in a male-dominated field. The Vincent Scully Prize winner was initially scorned at as a housewife.
6 Naomi Klein(Author)
Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker Naomi Klein is known for her criticism of corporate globalization and capitalism. She became internationally known following the release of her alter-globalization book No Logo. She often appears on global and national lists of top influential thinkers and is the recipient of the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize. She is a prominent environmentalist as well.
7 Andrea Martin(Actress)
American-Canadian actor Andrea Martin is best known for her roles in movies such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She has also won Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in plays such as My Favorite Year and Pippin. Her one-woman show Nude, Nude, Totally Nude was a hit.
8 Phan Thi Kim Phuc(Appearing in a world famous, Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph from the Vietnam War in 1972)
Phan Thi Kim Phuc is a South Vietnamese-born Canadian woman. As a nine-year-old child, she was captured in a photograph taken during the Vietnam War, in which she is shown running naked on a road following a napalm attack. It took her a long time to recover from her injuries. As an adult, she is a peace activist.
9 Chrystia Freeland(Deputy Prime Minister of Canada)
10 Pattie Mallette(Author, Producer)
Pattie Mallette is a Canadian author and film producer. She had a difficult childhood marked by sexual abuse. She began her career as a child and appeared in many TV shows and stage productions. She became pregnant when she was 18. Her son is the popular singer Justin Bieber. She also managed his early career.
11 Keegan Connor Tracy(Actress)
12 Louise Penny(Writer)
13 Meg Tilly(Actress)
Meg Tilly is an actress best known for her role in the drama mystery film Agnes of God, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She began her career as a dancer and eventually took up acting roles. She loves to write as a hobby and is the author of many novels.
14 Diana Hart(Model, Writer)
15 Justine Musk(Author, Elon Musk’s Ex-wife)
Ex-wife of business magnet Elon Musk, Justine Musk is a Canadian author most recognised for her contemporary fantasy novel, BloodAngel. She wrote two more books Uninvited and Lord of Bones, both of which were appreciated. A Queen’s University graduate, she was employed as an English teacher in Japan before she moved back to US and later married Elon Musk.
16 Margaret Trudeau(Author, Actress)
17 Emma Donoghue(Novelist)
Alex Awards winning Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, short story writer, novelist, and screenwriter Emma Donoghue is best known for authoring award winning novels like Room and Hood. Room, an international best-seller, was adapted into a film bearing same title that not only emerged as a critical and commercial success but also garnered four Oscar nominations at the 88th Academy Awards.
18 Gail Simmons(Writer)
19 Lisa Jakub(Writer)
20 Anna Olson(Television show host, cookbook author, and pastry chef)
21 Rupi Kaur(Poet)
Rupi Kaur is an Indian-born Canadian poet, photographer, illustrator, and author. Born in India, she moved to Canada at an early age. She began performing in 2009 and gained international fame through her Instagram posts. She often explores her South Asian identity and femininity in her work. Her latest poetry collection, Home Body, released in 2020, was a resounding success.
22 Janette Oke(Writer, Novelist, Children's writer)
23 Victoria Pratt(Actress)
Actor, author, and fitness model Victoria Pratt is best known for her roles such as that of Queen Cyane in Xena: Warrior Princess. She excels in karate and kickboxing. She also boasts of a Canadian Track & Field Championship medal and has a degree in kinesiology.
24 Adrienne Clarkson(26th Governor General of Canada)
25 Nellie McClung(Writer, Human rights activist, Politician)
Canadian author and social reformer Nellie McClung had struck gold with her first novel, Sowing Seeds in Danny, a bestseller. She also spoke widely about woman suffrage and was part of the Alberta legislature. She was part of The Famous Five, a group of women who launched the Persons Case.
26 Anna Silk(Actress)
27 Margaret Laurence(Novelist, Writer, Children's writer)
28 Irshad Manji(Author and founder of the Moral Courage Project)
30 Miriam Toews(writer)
31 Anne Carson(Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, University teacher, Literary critic)
Born to a banker in Toronto, Anne Carson grew up to study Classics and later taught at institutes such as Princeton University. Her signature style consists of a mix of prose and poetry. One of her notable works, Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse, was inspired by Greek mythology.
32 Shulamith Firestone(Writer, Feminist)
33 Kelley Armstrong(Novelist, Writer)
34 Elisabeth Brooks(Actress, Singer)
35 Mavis Gallant(Writer)
36 Susanna Moodie(Author)
English-Canadian writer Susanna Moodie is best known for her realistic depictions of her life in “the bush” or the wilderness of Canada, which was a British colony back in her time. Her most popular work remains Roughing it in the Bush. She had initially also penned several children’s stories.