Women Essayists

Throughout history, there have been many women essayists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female essayists such as Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Simone de Beauvoir, Anais Nin, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandra Cisneros.The women essayists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

1Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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Famous As: Daughter of Steve Jobs
Birthday: 17 May 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

2Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 09 January 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: 14 April 1986

3Joan Didion

Joan Didion
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist, Writer, Essayist
Birthday: 05 December 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

4Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist
Birthday: 24 November 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

5Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O'Connor
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthday: 25 March 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: 03 August 1964

6Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Essayist
Birthday: 25 October 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

7Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Film critic, Poet lawyer, Literary critic
Birthday: 06 July 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
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8Sylvia Browne

Sylvia Browne
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Famous As: Essayist, Psychic
Birthday: 19 October 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: 20 November 2013

9Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 17 September 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

10Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 11 July 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British, American

11Amrita Pritam

Amrita Pritam
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 31 August 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: 31 October 2005

12Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell
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Famous As: Historian
Birthday: 27 December 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

13Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 25 October 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French, Turkish

14Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 20 December 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

15Janet Frame

Janet Frame
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Famous As: Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Writer, Short story writer
Birthday: 28 August 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: New Zealander
Died: 29 January 2004

16Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthday: 26 November 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

17Taslima Nasrin

Taslima Nasrin
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Famous As: Poet, Physician, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Feminist
Birthday: 25 August 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Bangladeshi

18Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich
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Famous As: American poet
Birthday: 16 May 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 27 March 2012

19Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver
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Famous As: Novelist, Poet, Essayist
Birthday: 08 April 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

20Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle
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Famous As: Author
Birthday: 29 November 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 06 September 2007

21Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 24 June 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

22Jean Rhys

Jean Rhys
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 24 August 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dominican, British
Died: 14 May 1979

23Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthday: 25 May 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

24Linda Moulton Howe

Linda Moulton Howe
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Famous As: Journalist, Essayist
Birthday: 20 January 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

25Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthday: 01 February 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Scottish
Died: 13 April 2006

26Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo
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Famous As: Poet
Birthday: 09 May 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

27Harriet Martineau

Harriet Martineau
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Famous As: Linguist, Journalist, Economist, Historian, Translator, Writer, Sociologist, Essayist, Feminist
Birthday: 12 June 1802
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: 27 June 1876

28Mary Karr

Mary Karr
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Famous As: Poet
Birthday: 16 January 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

29Wisława Szymborska

Wisława Szymborska
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Famous As: Nobel Laureate in Literature
Birthday: 02 July 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish
Died: 01 February 2012

30Annie Dillard

Meta Ann Doak
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Famous As: Author
Birthday: 30 April 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

31Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter
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Famous As: Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist
Birthday: 15 May 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 18 September 1980

32Kathy Acker

Kathy Acker
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Famous As: Author
Birthday: 18 April 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: 30 November 1997

33Hélène Cixous

Hélène Cixous
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Famous As: Professor
Birthday: 05 June 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Algerian

34Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar
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Famous As: Novelist, Essayist
Birthday: 08 June 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Belgian, American
Died: 17 December 1987

35June Jordan

June Millicent Jordan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthday: 09 July 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: 14 June 2002

36Herta Müller

Herta Müller
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 17 August 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

37Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 15 July 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

38C. J. Cherryh

C. J. Cherryh
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 01 September 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality:

39Bebe Moore Campbell

Bebe Moore Campbell
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Famous As: Author
Birthday: 18 February 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: 27 November 2006

40Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
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Famous As: Academic Scholar
Birthday: 02 May 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: 12 April 2009

41Natalia Ginzburg

Natalia Ginzburg
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Famous As: Author
Birthday: 14 July 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: 07 October 1991

42Ingeborg Bachmann

Ingeborg Bachmann
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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter, Philosopher, Essayist, Playwright
Birthday: 25 June 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian
Died: 17 October 1973

43Hannah More

Hannah More
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Famous As: Writer, Poet, Essayist
Birthday: 02 February 1745
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: 07 September 1833

44Leslie Marmon Silko

Leslie Marmon Silko
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Famous As: American author
Birthday: 05 March 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

45Anita Nair

Anita Nair
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist, Children's writer
Birthday: 26 January 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

46Emily Gould

Emily Gould
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Famous As: Writer, Essayist, Children's writer
Birthday: 13 October 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

47Laura Riding

Laura Riding
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Famous As: Poet
Birthday: 16 January 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 02 September 1991

48Cynthia Ozick

Cynthia Ozick
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Famous As: Short Story Writer
Birthday: 17 April 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

49Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 27 July 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian, American
Died: 28 January 2017

50Christa Wolf

Christa Wolf
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter, Politician, Unofficial collaborator, Novelist, Essayist, Journalist, Literary critic
Birthday: 18 March 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, Polish
Died: 01 December 2011