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.
Amrita PritamAmrita Pritam
31 August 1919, Indian
Writer
Lisa Brennan-JobsLisa Brennan-Jobs
17 May 1978, American
Daughter of Steve Jobs

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908, French
Writer

Sandra CisnerosSandra Cisneros
20 December 1954, American
Writer

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967, British, American
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

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

Katherine Anne PorterKatherine Anne Porter
15 May 1890, American
Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist
Assia DjebarAssia Djebar
30 June 1936, Algerian
Author

Anais NinAnais Nin
21 February 1903, American
Essayist

Amy LevyAmy Levy
10 November 1861, British
Poet, Novelist, Essayist
Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert
18 July 1969, American
Writer

Arundhati RoyArundhati Roy
24 November 1961, Indian
Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Essayist
Joan DidionJoan Didion
05 December 1934, American
Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist, Writer,

Cheryl StrayedCheryl Strayed
17 September 1968, American
Writer

Zadie SmithZadie Smith
25 October 1975, British
Writer, Novelist, Essayist
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,

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893, British
Writer, Translator, Novelist, Playwright,

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

Linda Moulton HoweLinda Moulton Howe
20 January 1942, American
Journalist, Essayist
Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau
12 June 1802, British
Linguist, Journalist, Economist, Historian,
Jean RhysJean Rhys
24 August 1890, Dominican, British
Writer

Janet FrameJanet Frame
28 August 1924, New Zealander
Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Writer, Short story

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

Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745, British
Writer, Poet, Essayist
Ingeborg BachmannIngeborg Bachmann
25 June 1926, Austrian
Poet, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter,

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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

Christa WolfChrista Wolf
18 March 1929, German, Polish
Writer, Screenwriter, Politician, Unofficial

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,