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.
Lisa Brennan-JobsLisa Brennan-Jobs
17 May 1978, American
Daughter of Steve Jobs
Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908, French
Writer

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967, British, American
Writer

Amrita PritamAmrita Pritam
31 August 1919, Indian
Writer

Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich
16 May 1929, American
American poet

Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver
08 April 1955, American
Novelist, Poet, Essayist
Sandra CisnerosSandra Cisneros
20 December 1954, American
Writer

Katherine Anne PorterKatherine Anne Porter
15 May 1890, American
Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist

Jamaica KincaidJamaica Kincaid
25 May 1949, American
Novelist
Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923, Polish
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Hélène CixousHélène Cixous
05 June 1937, Algerian
Professor
Herta MüllerHerta Müller
17 August 1953, German
Writer

Assia DjebarAssia Djebar
30 June 1936, Algerian
Author

Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861, British
Poet, Novelist, Essayist

Anais NinAnais Nin
21 February 1903, American
Essayist

Tara WestoverTara Westover
27 September 1986, American
Memoirist
Arundhati RoyArundhati Roy
24 November 1961, Indian
Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist

Joan DidionJoan Didion
05 December 1934, American
Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist, Writer,

Flannery O'ConnorFlannery O'Connor
25 March 1925, American
Novelist

Sylvia BrowneSylvia Browne
19 October 1936, American
Essayist, Psychic
Zadie SmithZadie Smith
25 October 1975, British
Writer, Novelist, Essayist

Hilary MantelHilary Mantel
06 July 1952, British
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Film critic, Poet
Cheryl StrayedCheryl Strayed
17 September 1968, American
Writer

Sarah VowellSarah Vowell
27 December 1969, American
Historian

Rebecca SolnitRebecca Solnit
24 June 1961, American
Writer
Madeleine L'EngleMadeleine L'Engle
29 November 1918, American
Author

Taslima NasrinTaslima Nasrin
25 August 1962, Bangladeshi
Poet, Physician, Novelist, Essayist, Writer,
Linda Moulton HoweLinda Moulton Howe
20 January 1942, American
Journalist, Essayist

Marilynne RobinsonMarilynne Robinson
26 November 1943, American
Novelist

Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890, Dominican, British
Writer
Janet FrameJanet Frame
28 August 1924, New Zealander
Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Writer, Short story

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Mary KarrMary Karr
16 January 1955, American
Poet
Muriel SparkMuriel Spark
01 February 1918, Scottish
Novelist

Marguerite YourcenarMarguerite Yourcenar
08 June 1903, Belgian, American
Novelist, Essayist

Meta Ann DoakAnnie Dillard
30 April 1945, American
Author

Kathy AckerKathy Acker
18 April 1947, American
Author
Joy HarjoJoy Harjo
09 May 1951, American
Poet
Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
12 June 1802, British
Linguist, Journalist, Economist, Historian,

June Millicent JordanJune Jordan
09 July 1936, American
Poet

Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745, British
Writer, Poet, Essayist

Bebe Moore CampbellBebe Moore Campbell
18 February 1950, American
Author
Eve Kosofsky SedgwickEve Kosofsky Sedgwick
02 May 1950, American
Academic Scholar

Lydia DavisLydia Davis
15 July 1947, American
Writer

Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916, Italian
Author

C. J. CherryhC. J. Cherryh
01 September 1942
Writer

Ingeborg BachmannIngeborg Bachmann
25 June 1926, Austrian
Poet, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter,
Cynthia OzickCynthia Ozick
17 April 1928, American
Short Story Writer

Leslie Marmon SilkoLeslie Marmon Silko
05 March 1948, American
American author
Anita NairAnita Nair
26 January 1966, Indian
Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist, Children's writer

Emily GouldEmily Gould
13 October 1981, American
Writer, Essayist, Children's writer

Christa WolfChrista Wolf
18 March 1929, German, Polish
Writer, Screenwriter, Politician, Unofficial
Diane JohnsonDiane Johnson
28 April 1934, American
Novelist

Emilia Pardo BazánEmilia Pardo Bazán
16 September 1851, Spanish
Essayist, Literary critic, Novelist, Journalist,
Tess GallagherTess Gallagher
21 July 1943, American
Poet

Bharati MukherjeeBharati Mukherjee
27 July 1940, Indian, American
Writer

Li QingzhaoLi Qingzhao
13 March 1084, Chinese
Poet

Renata AdlerRenata Adler
19 October 1937, Italian
Author

Laura RidingLaura Riding
16 January 1901, American
Poet
Lisa RobertsonLisa Robertson
22 July 1961, Canadian
Poet

Shirley HazzardShirley Hazzard
30 January 1931, American
Novelist

Mavis GallantMavis Gallant
11 August 1922, Canadian
Writer

Barbara GoldsmithBarbara Goldsmith
18 May 1931, American
Author
Cornelia Otis SkinnerCornelia Otis Skinner
30 May 1899, American
Author

Vernon LeeVernon Lee
14 October 1856, French, British
Writer
Charlotte Forten GrimkéCharlotte Forten Grimké
17 August 1837, American
Poet

Elizabeth MontaguElizabeth Montagu
02 October 1718, British
Critic

Bobbie Ann MasonBobbie Ann Mason
01 May 1940, American
Novelist
Ana CastilloAna Castillo
15 June 1953, American
Novelist

Ana BlandianaAna Blandiana
25 March 1942, Romanian
Poet
Brigid BrophyBrigid Brophy
12 June 1929, British
Novelist

Rosario FerréRosario Ferré
28 September 1938, Puerto Rican
Writer

Xiao HongXiao Hong
02 June 1911, Chinese
Writer
Luise RinserLuise Rinser
30 April 1911, German
Writer

Nancy HustonNancy Huston
16 September 1953, Canadian
Novelist
Fanny FernFanny Fern
09 July 1811, American
Journalist, Writer, Novelist, Children's writer,

Carmen Martín GaiteCarmen Martín Gaite
08 December 1925, Spanish
Writer

Alice MeynellAlice Meynell
11 October 1847, British
Writer

Inger ChristensenInger Christensen
16 January 1935, Danish
Poet
Anne RoipheAnne Roiphe
25 December 1935, American
Writer
Agnes RepplierAgnes Repplier
01 April 1855, American
Essayist, Biographer

Eliza OrzeszkowaEliza Orzeszkowa
06 June 1841, Polish
Writer

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps WardElizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
31 August 1844, American
Author

Shungicu UchidaShungicu Uchida
07 August 1959, Japanese
Manga Artist
Frederica Sagor MaasFrederica Sagor Maas
06 July 1900, American
Screenwriter, Playwright, Journalist,

Grace AguilarGrace Aguilar
02 June 1816, British
Novelist

Maria DąbrowskaMaria Dąbrowska
06 October 1889, Polish
Writer

Marie-Claire BlaisMarie-Claire Blais
05 October 1939, Canadian, French
Writer

Marie Luise KaschnitzMarie Luise Kaschnitz
31 January 1901, German
Short Story Writer
Diane WakoskiDiane Wakoski
03 August 1937, American
Poet

Miri YuMiri Yu
22 June 1968, Japanese
Author
Suzanne LilarSuzanne Lilar
21 May 1901, Belgian
Author

Anna Maria OrteseAnna Maria Ortese
13 June 1914, Italian
Author
Josephine JacobsenJosephine Jacobsen
19 August 1908, American
Poet
Jane ManderJane Mander
09 April 1877, New Zealander
Novelist