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

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

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

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

Sylvia BrowneSylvia Browne
19 October 1936, American
Essayist, Psychic
Hilary MantelHilary Mantel
06 July 1952, British
Writer, Novelist, Essayist, Film critic, Poet

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

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

Rebecca SolnitRebecca Solnit
24 June 1961, American
Writer

Taslima NasrinTaslima Nasrin
25 August 1962, Bangladeshi
Poet, Physician, Novelist, Essayist, Writer,
Sarah VowellSarah Vowell
27 December 1969, American
Historian

Madeleine L'EngleMadeleine L'Engle
29 November 1918, American
Author
Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890, Dominican, British
Writer

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

Muriel SparkMuriel Spark
01 February 1918, Scottish
Novelist
Marilynne RobinsonMarilynne Robinson
26 November 1943, American
Novelist

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Joy HarjoJoy Harjo
09 May 1951, American
Poet
Kathy AckerKathy Acker
18 April 1947, American
Author

Mary KarrMary Karr
16 January 1955, American
Poet

Meta Ann DoakAnnie Dillard
30 April 1945, American
Author

Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
12 June 1802, British
Linguist, Journalist, Economist, Historian,
Emily GouldEmily Gould
13 October 1981, American
Writer, Essayist, Children's writer
Janet FrameJanet Frame
28 August 1924, New Zealander
Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Writer, Short story

Eve Kosofsky SedgwickEve Kosofsky Sedgwick
02 May 1950, American
Academic Scholar

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

Bebe Moore CampbellBebe Moore Campbell
18 February 1950, American
Author
Lydia DavisLydia Davis
15 July 1947, American
Writer

Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916, Italian
Author

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

Ingeborg BachmannIngeborg Bachmann
25 June 1926, Austrian
Poet, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter,

Leslie Marmon SilkoLeslie Marmon Silko
05 March 1948, American
American author
Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745, British
Writer, Poet, Essayist

Emilia Pardo BazánEmilia Pardo Bazán
16 September 1851, Spanish
Essayist, Literary critic, Novelist, Journalist,
Diane JohnsonDiane Johnson
28 April 1934, American
Novelist

Cynthia OzickCynthia Ozick
17 April 1928, American
Short Story Writer

Christa WolfChrista Wolf
18 March 1929, German, Polish
Writer, Screenwriter, Politician, Unofficial
June Millicent JordanJune Jordan
09 July 1936, American
Poet

Bharati MukherjeeBharati Mukherjee
27 July 1940, Indian, American
Writer
Tess GallagherTess Gallagher
21 July 1943, American
Poet

Li QingzhaoLi Qingzhao
13 March 1084, Chinese
Poet

Renata AdlerRenata Adler
19 October 1937, Italian
Author

Laura RidingLaura Riding
16 January 1901, American
Poet

Cornelia Otis SkinnerCornelia Otis Skinner
30 May 1899, American
Author
Mavis GallantMavis Gallant
11 August 1922, Canadian
Writer

Charlotte Forten GrimkéCharlotte Forten Grimké
17 August 1837, American
Poet

Ana CastilloAna Castillo
15 June 1953, American
Novelist

Vernon LeeVernon Lee
14 October 1856, French, British
Writer
Shirley HazzardShirley Hazzard
30 January 1931, American
Novelist

Elizabeth MontaguElizabeth Montagu
02 October 1718, British
Critic
Barbara GoldsmithBarbara Goldsmith
18 May 1931, American
Author

Rosario FerréRosario Ferré
28 September 1938, Puerto Rican
Writer

Ana BlandianaAna Blandiana
25 March 1942, Romanian
Poet
Bobbie Ann MasonBobbie Ann Mason
01 May 1940, American
Novelist

Fanny FernFanny Fern
09 July 1811, American
Journalist, Writer, Novelist, Children's writer,
Lisa RobertsonLisa Robertson
22 July 1961, Canadian
Poet

Xiao HongXiao Hong
02 June 1911, Chinese
Writer

Nancy HustonNancy Huston
16 September 1953, Canadian
Novelist
Luise RinserLuise Rinser
30 April 1911, German
Writer

Carmen Martín GaiteCarmen Martín Gaite
08 December 1925, Spanish
Writer
Anne RoipheAnne Roiphe
25 December 1935, American
Writer

Brigid BrophyBrigid Brophy
12 June 1929, British
Novelist

Shungicu UchidaShungicu Uchida
07 August 1959, Japanese
Manga Artist

Inger ChristensenInger Christensen
16 January 1935, Danish
Poet
Frederica Sagor MaasFrederica Sagor Maas
06 July 1900, American
Screenwriter, Playwright, Journalist,
Alice MeynellAlice Meynell
11 October 1847, British
Writer

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

Eliza OrzeszkowaEliza Orzeszkowa
06 June 1841, Polish
Writer

Marie Luise KaschnitzMarie Luise Kaschnitz
31 January 1901, German
Short Story Writer
Marie-Claire BlaisMarie-Claire Blais
05 October 1939, Canadian, French
Writer

Diane WakoskiDiane Wakoski
03 August 1937, American
Poet

Maria DąbrowskaMaria Dąbrowska
06 October 1889, Polish
Writer

Suzanne LilarSuzanne Lilar
21 May 1901, Belgian
Author

Grace AguilarGrace Aguilar
02 June 1816, British
Novelist
Agnes RepplierAgnes Repplier
01 April 1855, American
Essayist, Biographer

Miri YuMiri Yu
22 June 1968, Japanese
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
Anne Douglas SedgwickAnne Douglas Sedgwick
28 March 1873, British
Writer