Women Non-Fiction Writers

Throughout history, there have been many women non-fiction writers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female non-fiction writers such as Svetlana Alexievich, Caroline Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Martha Gellhorn, Princess Michael of Kent.The women non-fiction writers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

 1 Olivia Munn

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 2 Mara Wilson

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Famous As: Writer, Actress
Birthdate: July 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Mara Wilson stole the hearts of many with her performance as a child actress in films like Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda. After growing up, she decided to pursue a career as a writer. In one of her interviews, she spoke about her mental illnesses, including OCD, depression, and anxiety. She also came out as bisexual.

 3 Katherine Schwarzenegger

Katherine Schwarzenegger
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Famous As: Daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Author
Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Katherine Schwarzenegger is a young and confident woman. As an author, she encourages young women to achieve a positive self-image and confidence. Each of her books serves as a guiding light for women, children, and youngsters. She is also associated with non-profit organizations, such as Best Friends Animal Society and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

 4 Caroline Kennedy

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Caroline Kennedy is an American author, diplomat, and attorney. The only surviving child of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Caroline served as the US Ambassador to Japan between 2013 and 2017. A prolific author who writes about civil liberties, Caroline Kennedy has also served as a spokesperson for the Kennedy family's legacy.

 5 Fran Drescher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Fran Drescher is an American actress and comedian. Characterized by her thick New York accent and nasal voice, Fran Drescher serves as an inspiration to many cancer patients as she successfully fought off the disease after suffering from uterine cancer. She is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and healthcare advocate.

 6 Eartha Kitt

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 7 Sara Pascoe

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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
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 8 Mackenzie Phillips

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Mackenzie Phillips made her acting debut at 12, with American Graffiti. Fans loved her in the series One Day at a Time and So Weird. She has struggled with drug issues and has appeared on Celebrity Rehab. She also confessed to being raped by her father, in her memoir.

 9 Geri Halliwell

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Geri Halliwell is a British singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as part of the popular girl group, The Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records worldwide. Also a well-known philanthropist, Geri Halliwell has worked closely with the United Nations Population Fund, becoming its goodwill ambassador in 1998. She is widely regarded as a girl power icon.

 10 Michelle McNamara

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Famous As: Freelance Writer, Blogger
Birthdate: April 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2016

True-crime writer, Michelle McNamara, is remembered for coining the name "Golden State Killer" for the serial killer later identified as Joseph James DeAngelo. Sadly, the author died before his identification and arrest. Fascinated by true crime from a young age, she launched her website TrueCrimeDiary in 2006 and dedicated her life to researching and writing about true crime.

 11 Padma Lakshmi

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

Padma Lakshmi is a model, television host and author. She has hosted cooking competition program Top Chef and has published cookbooks. She has acted in films and television too and is also an activist working for immigration and women’s rights and is a critic of skin-lightening creams. She was married to novelist Salman Rushdie for a little over three years.

 12 Doris Roberts

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 17, 2016

Five-time Emmy Award-winning actor Doris Roberts is best remembered as Marie Barone from the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and as Mildred Krebs from Remington Steele. She also appeared on various talk/game shows and in films such as The Honeymoon Killers. She was a prominent animal rights activist, too.

 13 Anita Hill

Anita Hill
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 14 Jill St. John

Jill St. John
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Jill St. John is an American actress best known for portraying the first American Bond girl Tiffany Case in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever. Jill St. John is also credited with founding the Aunts Club, a group of women who provide financial support for children.

 15 Hoda Kotb

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Famous As: Journalist, Author, TV Anchor
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Egyptian, American
Egyptian-American TV journalist Hoda Kotb is best known as the co-host of the shows NBC Morning Show, Dateline NBC, Today. Named to Time 100, she has also authored several books, including a bestselling autobiography. A breast cancer survivor, she now also works to raise awareness about the disease.

 16 Patti Davis

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 17 Cybill Lynne Shepherd

Cybill Lynne Shepherd
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 18 Jill Ireland

Jill Ireland
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British, American
Died: May 18, 1990

Jill Ireland was an English singer and actress. She is best known for working with her husband Charles Bronson in 15 films. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Ireland started writing books chronicling her fight with cancer. She also started working with the American Cancer Society. Her fight with cancer inspired the movie Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story.

 19 Coleen Nolan

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 20 Delta Burke

Delta Burke
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Delta Burke is an American actress, author, and producer. She is best known for playing Suzanne Sugarbaker in the popular TV series Designing Women. Despite struggling with issues, such as eating disorders, depression, and overweight, Delta Burke has managed to establish a successful acting career and serves as an inspiration to people suffering from similar problems.

 21 Carice van Houten

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch
Carice van Houten is best known for her Emmy-nominated performance as Melisandre in the series Game of Thrones. She has previously amazed audiences with her Golden Calf-winning roles in Black Book, The Happy Housewife, and Black Butterflies. She is also known for her pop-rock album See You on the Ice.

 22 Suzanne Somers

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 23 Amy Fisher

Amy Fisher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 24 Kennedy Montgomery

Kennedy Montgomery
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 25 Margaret Hoover

Margaret Hoover
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Famous As: Media Personality, Author, Activist
Birthdate: December 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 26 Lana Wood

Lana Wood
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Lana Wood is an American actress known for playing Plenty O'Toole in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever and Sandy Webber in the popular TV series Peyton Place. The younger sister of popular actress Natalie Wood, Lana followed in the footsteps of her sister, initially appearing in films that starred Natalie until the 1960s when her own career took off.

 27 Kayden Kross

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 28 Assata Shakur

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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cuban, American

Assata Shakur is a former member of the revolutionary organization 'Black Liberation Army'. Sentenced to life for murder, Shakur escaped from the 'Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women' and was eventually granted political asylum in Cuba. She is the first woman to be added to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. Her life inspired the documentary film Eyes of the Rainbow.

 29 Betty Ford

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 8, 2011

Betty Ford served as the First Lady of the US from 1974 to 1977. One of the most popular First Ladies in history, Ford was a passionate supporter of abortion rights and worked towards raising breast cancer awareness. She commented on topics like sex, drugs, abortion, and equal pay. In 1991, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 30 Taylor Armstrong

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Famous As: Reality TV Personalities
Birthdate: May 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 31 Sela Ward

Sela Ward
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 32 Loretta Swit

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 33 Taya Kyle

Taya Kyle
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Famous As: Activist, Author
Birthdate: September 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Taya Kyle is an American political commentator and author. Since the death of her husband US Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle has been working towards the welfare of military veterans' family. In 2014, she established the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation as part of her work. In the 2014 movie American Sniper, Taya Kyle was played by Sienna Miller.

 34 Katie Pavlich

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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: July 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 35 Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 36 Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Julie Nixon Eisenhower
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 37 Jane Asher

Jane Asher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 38 Cilla Black

Cilla Black
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: August 1, 2015

 39 Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: October 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 40 Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 41 Princess Michael of Kent

Princess Michael of Kent
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 42 Andrea Martin

Andrea Martin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian, American

 43 Mary Soames

Mary Soames
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Famous As: Youngest Child of Winston Churchill
Birthdate: September 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: May 31, 2014

 44 Liza Tarbuck

Liza Tarbuck
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 45 Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: January 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 46 Amy Chua

Amy Chua
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 47 Jennifer Shahade

Jennifer Shahade
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Famous As: Chess player, Non-fiction writer, Journalist
Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 48 Nancy Kwan

Nancy Kwan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Hong Konger, American

 49 Robin DiAngelo

Robin DiAngelo
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Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: September 8, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 50 Dorothy Bush Koch

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American