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.
Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987, British
Actress
Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
14 February 1978, American, Zimbabwean
Actress

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

Yolanda KingYolanda King
17 November 1955, American
Activist

Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978, British
Theatre Director

Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
11 September 1958, American
Actress
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938, American
Writer

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

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893, British
Writer
Charlayne WoodardCharlayne Woodard
29 December 1953, American
Actress

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849, British, American
Novelist
Lillian HellmanLillian Hellman
20 June 1905, American
Dramatist and Screenwriter

Yang JiangYang Jiang
17 July 1911, Chinese
Playwright

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill
03 September 1938, British
Dramatist, Women's Rights Activist

Elfriede JelinekElfriede Jelinek
20 October 1946, Austrian
Novelist & Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

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

Julia JonesJulia Jones
27 March 1923, British
Actress

Lisa EdelsteinLisa Edelstein
21 May 1966, American
Playwright, Television actor, Actor, Film actor,
Else Lasker-SchülerElse Lasker-Schüler
11 February 1869, German
Poet

Amanda PalmerAmanda Palmer
30 April 1976, American
Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist,
Marilyn vos SavantMarilyn vos Savant
11 August 1946, American
Columnist

Ruby DeeRuby Dee
27 October 1922, American
Actress

Carrie HamiltonCarrie Hamilton
05 December 1963, American
Actress
Gypsy Rose LeeGypsy Rose Lee
08 January 1911, American
Entertainer

Lorraine HansberryLorraine Hansberry
19 May 1930, American
Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter,
Sarah SolemaniSarah Solemani
04 September 1986, British
Actress

Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987, Ghanaian, British
Actress

Elaine MayElaine May
21 April 1932, American
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Stage actor,
Christine JorgensenChristine Jorgensen
30 May 1926, American
Actor

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Sally WainwrightSally Wainwright
1963 AD, British
television producer, screenwriter, playwright
Patricia WettigPatricia Wettig
04 December 1951, American
Actor, Playwright, Stage actor, Television actor

Amelia BullmoreAmelia Bullmore
31 January 1964, British
Actress

Julia DonaldsonJulia Donaldson
16 September 1948, British
Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer

Anna Deavere SmithAnna Deavere Smith
18 September 1950, American
Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor, Writer,
Tovah FeldshuhTovah Feldshuh
27 December 1952, American
Television actor, Film actor, Writer, Playwright,
Anna SilkAnna Silk
31 January 1974, Canadian
Actress

Marguerite DurasMarguerite Duras
04 April 1914, French, Vietnamese
Writer, Film director, Screenwriter, Publisher,

Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951, British
Novelist

Clare Boothe LuceClare Boothe Luce
10 March 1903, American
Former U.S. Congressman, Diplomat, Journalist,
Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
08 February 1951, British
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter

Lady Mary Wortley MontaguLady Mary Wortley Montagu
15 May 1689
Explorer, Poet, Writer, Playwright

Edna O'BrienEdna O'Brien
15 December 1930, Irish
Novelist

Kathy AckerKathy Acker
18 April 1947, American
Author

Eve EnslerEve Ensler
25 May 1953, American
Artist, Actor, Playwright, Autobiographer, Writer,
Sarah KaneSarah Kane
03 February 1971, British
Playwright, Writer

Mary Hayley BellMary Hayley Bell
22 January 1911, Chinese, British
Actress
Ali SmithAli Smith
24 August 1962, Scottish
Writer

Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
28 May 1939, Irish
Novelist

Ntozake ShangeNtozake Shange
18 October 1948, American
Playwright
Katharine VinerKatharine Viner
04 January 1971, British
Journalist

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
21 June 1935, French
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

Laura WadeLaura Wade
16 October 1977, British
Writer

Sue TownsendSue Townsend
02 April 1946, British
Writer

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
25 July 1896, British
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,
Augusta, Lady GregoryAugusta, Lady Gregory
15 March 1852, Northern Irish
Dramatist

Hannah SzenesHannah Szenes
17 July 1921, Hungarian
Writer, Poet

Natalie Clifford BarneyNatalie Clifford Barney
31 October 1876, American
Playwright

Judy CampbellJudy Campbell
31 May 1916, British
Actor, Playwright
Mercy Otis WarrenMercy Otis Warren
 

Buchi EmechetaBuchi Emecheta
21 July 1944, Nigerian
Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor,
Leslye HeadlandLeslye Headland
1981 AD, American
film director, screenwriter, playwright

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

Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916, Italian
Author
Suzan-Lori ParksSuzan-Lori Parks
10 May 1963, American
American playwright

Minnie Maddern FiskeMinnie Maddern Fiske
19 December 1865, American
Actress
Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745, British
Writer, Poet, Essayist

Annie BakerAnnie Baker
31 March 1981, American
screenwriter, author, writer

Mina LoyMina Loy
27 December 1882, British, American
Poet
Ingeborg BachmannIngeborg Bachmann
25 June 1926, Austrian
Poet, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter,

Sarah RuhlSarah Ruhl
1974 AD, American
playwright
Betty ComdenBetty Comden
03 May 1917, American
Screenwriter, Librettist, Performer, Stage actor,

Susannah DoyleSusannah Doyle
05 July 1966, British
Actor, Film actor

Susan GlaspellSusan Glaspell
01 July 1876, American
Playwright

Wendy WassersteinWendy Wasserstein
18 October 1950, American
Playwright
Nelly SachsNelly Sachs
10 December 1891, German, Swedish
Poet, Playwright, Writer
Denise MinaDenise Mina
21 August 1966, Scottish
Crime writer

Ama Ata AidooAma Ata Aidoo
23 March 1942, Ghanaian
Author

Jane BowlesJane Bowles
22 February 1917, American
Writer

Maryse CondéMaryse Condé
11 February 1937, French, Guadeloupean
Novelist
Angelina Weld GrimkéAngelina Weld Grimké
27 February 1880, American
Journalist

Mabel Dodge LuhanMabel Dodge Luhan
26 February 1879, American
Biographer

Jean KerrJean Kerr
10 July 1922, American
Author

Felicia HemansFelicia Hemans
25 September 1793, British
Poet

Jean WebsterJean Webster
24 July 1876, American
Writer
Eliza HaywoodEliza Haywood
1693 AD, British
British author

Efua SutherlandEfua Sutherland
27 June 1924, Ghanaian
Playwright
Gerda LernerGerda Lerner
30 April 1920, American
Historian

Mavis GallantMavis Gallant
11 August 1922, Canadian
Writer
Beth HenleyBeth Henley
08 May 1952, American
Playwright
Madeleine de ScudéryMadeleine de Scudéry
15 November 1607, French
Writer