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

Sandra CisnerosSandra Cisneros
20 December 1954, 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

Jamaica KincaidJamaica Kincaid
25 May 1949, American
Novelist

Hélène CixousHélène Cixous
05 June 1937, Algerian
Professor

Wisława SzymborskaWisława Szymborska
02 July 1923, Polish
Nobel Laureate in Literature
Herta MüllerHerta Müller
17 August 1953, German
Writer

Katherine Anne PorterKatherine Anne Porter
15 May 1890, American
Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist
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
Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert
18 July 1969, American
Writer

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

Zadie SmithZadie Smith
25 October 1975, British
Writer, Novelist, Essayist
Cheryl StrayedCheryl Strayed
17 September 1968, American
Writer

Sylvia BrowneSylvia Browne
19 October 1936, American
Essayist, Psychic
Sarah VowellSarah Vowell
27 December 1969, American
Historian

Taslima NasrinTaslima Nasrin
25 August 1962, Bangladeshi
Poet, Physician, Novelist, Essayist, Writer,

Hilary MantelHilary Mantel
06 July 1952, British
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Film critic, Poet

Joy HarjoJoy Harjo
09 May 1951, American
Poet
Rebecca SolnitRebecca Solnit
24 June 1961, American
Writer
Mary KarrMary Karr
16 January 1955, American
Poet

Linda Moulton HoweLinda Moulton Howe
20 January 1942, American
Journalist, Essayist

Marilynne RobinsonMarilynne Robinson
26 November 1943, American
Novelist

Janet FrameJanet Frame
28 August 1924, New Zealander
Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Writer, Short story
Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
12 June 1802, British
Linguist, Journalist, Economist, Historian,

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Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890, Dominican, British
Writer

Kathy AckerKathy Acker
18 April 1947, American
Author

Muriel SparkMuriel Spark
01 February 1918, Scottish
Novelist

Eve Kosofsky SedgwickEve Kosofsky Sedgwick
02 May 1950, American
Academic Scholar
Lydia DavisLydia Davis
15 July 1947, American
Writer

Marguerite YourcenarMarguerite Yourcenar
08 June 1903, Belgian, American
Novelist, Essayist
Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916, Italian
Author

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

Christa WolfChrista Wolf
18 March 1929, German, Polish
Writer, Screenwriter, Politician, Unofficial
Leslie Marmon SilkoLeslie Marmon Silko
05 March 1948, American
American author

Ingeborg BachmannIngeborg Bachmann
25 June 1926, Austrian
Poet, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter,
Bharati MukherjeeBharati Mukherjee
27 July 1940, Indian, American
Writer

Emilia Pardo BazánEmilia Pardo Bazán
16 September 1851, Spanish
Essayist, Literary critic, Novelist, Journalist,

Anita NairAnita Nair
26 January 1966, Indian
Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist, Children's writer

Cynthia OzickCynthia Ozick
17 April 1928, American
Short Story Writer

Li QingzhaoLi Qingzhao
13 March 1084, Chinese
Poet
Emily GouldEmily Gould
13 October 1981, American
Writer, Essayist, Children's writer

Fanny FernFanny Fern
09 July 1811, American
Journalist, Writer, Novelist, Children's writer,

Frederica Sagor MaasFrederica Sagor Maas
06 July 1900, American
Screenwriter, Playwright, Journalist,

Agnes RepplierAgnes Repplier
01 April 1855, American
Essayist, Biographer
Mărgărita Miller-VerghyMărgărita Miller-Verghy
01 January 1865, Romanian
Nurse, Linguist, Writer, Literary historian,

Zhang AilingZhang Ailing
30 September 1920, Chinese, American
Writer