Throughout history, there have been many women playwrights who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female playwrights such as Joyce Carol Oates, Doris Lessing, Nora Ephron, Lillian Hellman, Elfriede Jelinek.The women playwrights featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
14 February 1978, American, Zimbabwean
Actress
Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978, British
Theatre Director

Nora EphronNora Ephron
19 May 1941, American
Screenwriter, Producer, Director

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987, British
Actress

Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
11 September 1958, American
Actress

Charlayne WoodardCharlayne Woodard
29 December 1953, American
Actress
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938, American
Writer

Yolanda KingYolanda King
17 November 1955, American
Activist

Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919, British
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Lillian HellmanLillian Hellman
20 June 1905, American
Dramatist and Screenwriter
Elfriede JelinekElfriede Jelinek
20 October 1946, Austrian
Novelist & Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill
03 September 1938, British
Dramatist, Women's Rights Activist
Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752, British
Novelist

Rebecca HumphriesRebecca Humphries
03 October 1987, British
Actress, Playwright

Zoe KazanZoe Kazan
09 September 1983, British, American
Actress
Lisa EdelsteinLisa Edelstein
21 May 1966, American
Playwright, Television actor, Actor, Film actor,

Amanda PalmerAmanda Palmer
30 April 1976, American
Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist,
Sally WainwrightSally Wainwright
1963 AD, British
television producer, screenwriter, playwright

ColetteColette
28 January 1873, French
Novelist, Ghostwriter, Journalist, Writer,

Buchi EmechetaBuchi Emecheta
21 July 1944, Nigerian
Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor,
Marilyn vos SavantMarilyn vos Savant
 

Ruby DeeRuby Dee
27 October 1922, American
Actress
Amelia BullmoreAmelia Bullmore
31 January 1964, British
Actress

Gypsy Rose LeeGypsy Rose Lee
08 January 1911, American
Entertainer

Julia JonesJulia Jones
27 March 1923, British
Actress

Carrie HamiltonCarrie Hamilton
05 December 1963, American
Actress
Elaine MayElaine May
21 April 1932, American
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Stage actor,
Christine JorgensenChristine Jorgensen
30 May 1926, American
Actor

Anna Deavere SmithAnna Deavere Smith
18 September 1950, American
Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor, Writer,

Patricia WettigPatricia Wettig
04 December 1951, American
Actor, Playwright, Stage actor, Television actor

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893, British
Writer, Translator, Novelist, Playwright,
Tovah FeldshuhTovah Feldshuh
27 December 1952, American
Television actor, Film actor, Writer, Playwright,

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Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930, American
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849, British, American
Dramaturge, Writer, Playwright, Children's writer,

Clare Boothe LuceClare Boothe Luce
10 March 1903, American
Former U.S. Congressman, Diplomat, Journalist,

Marguerite DurasMarguerite Duras
04 April 1914, French, Vietnamese
Writer, Film director, Screenwriter, Publisher,
Julia DonaldsonJulia Donaldson
16 September 1948, British
Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer

Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges
07 May 1748, French
Playwright, Journalist, Philosopher, Writer,
Eve EnslerEve Ensler
25 May 1953, American
Artist, Actor, Playwright, Autobiographer, Writer,

Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
08 February 1951, British
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
21 June 1935, French
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,
Lady Mary Wortley MontaguLady Mary Wortley Montagu
15 May 1689
Explorer, Poet, Writer, Playwright

Leslye HeadlandLeslye Headland
1981 AD, American
film director, screenwriter, playwright
Sarah KaneSarah Kane
03 February 1971, British
Playwright, Writer

Laura WadeLaura Wade
16 October 1977, British
Writer

Suzan-Lori ParksSuzan-Lori Parks
10 May 1963, American
American playwright

Hannah SzenesHannah Szenes
17 July 1921, Hungarian
Writer, Poet

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
25 July 1896, British
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,
Caroline GrahamCaroline Graham
17 July 1931, British
Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer

Kerry GreenwoodKerry Greenwood
17 June 1954, Australian
Novelist, Playwright, Writer, Poet lawyer, Science

Judy CampbellJudy Campbell
31 May 1916, British
Actor, Playwright

Mercy Otis WarrenMercy Otis Warren
 
Susannah DoyleSusannah Doyle
05 July 1966, British
Actor, Film actor

Betty ComdenBetty Comden
03 May 1917, American
Screenwriter, Librettist, Performer, Stage actor,
Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745, British
Writer, Poet, Essayist

Yasmina RezaYasmina Reza
01 May 1959, French
Actor, Linguist, Translator, Playwright, Novelist,

Annie BakerAnnie Baker
31 March 1981, American
screenwriter, author, writer
Ingeborg BachmannIngeborg Bachmann
25 June 1926, Austrian
Poet, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter,

Nelly SachsNelly Sachs
10 December 1891, German, Swedish
Poet, Playwright, Writer
Sarah RuhlSarah Ruhl
1974 AD, American
playwright

Cherríe MoragaCherríe Moraga
25 September 1952, Mexican
Writer, Poet

Alice ChildressAlice Childress
12 October 1912, American
American playwright
Frederica Sagor MaasFrederica Sagor Maas
06 July 1900, American
Screenwriter, Playwright, Journalist,

Karen SundeKaren Sunde
18 July 1942, American
 
Louise-Rose-Etiennette GerardLouise-Rose-Etiennette Gerard
05 April 1871, French