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.
Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978, British
Theatre Director
Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
14 February 1978, American, Zimbabwean

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

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987, British

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938, American

Roxann DawsonRoxann Dawson
11 September 1958, American
Charlayne WoodardCharlayne Woodard
29 December 1953, American

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

Yolanda KingYolanda King
17 November 1955, American

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893, British
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

Yang JiangYang Jiang
17 July 1911, Chinese
Rebecca HumphriesRebecca Humphries
03 October 1987, British
Actress, Playwright

Zoe KazanZoe Kazan
09 September 1983, British, American
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
Marilyn vos SavantMarilyn vos Savant

Buchi EmechetaBuchi Emecheta
21 July 1944, Nigerian
Writer, Novelist, Sociologist, Playwright, Editor,
Ruby DeeRuby Dee
27 October 1922, American

Amelia BullmoreAmelia Bullmore
31 January 1964, British

Gypsy Rose LeeGypsy Rose Lee
08 January 1911, American

Julia JonesJulia Jones
27 March 1923, British
Carrie HamiltonCarrie Hamilton
05 December 1963, American
Christine JorgensenChristine Jorgensen
30 May 1926, American

Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987, Ghanaian, British

Anna SilkAnna Silk
31 January 1974, Canadian

Elaine MayElaine May
21 April 1932, American
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Stage actor,
Patricia WettigPatricia Wettig
04 December 1951, American
Actor, Playwright, Stage actor, Television actor

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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,

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

Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951, British
Sarah SolemaniSarah Solemani
04 September 1986, British

Tovah FeldshuhTovah Feldshuh
27 December 1952, American
Television actor, Film actor, Writer, Playwright,
Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849, British, American
Dramaturge, Writer, Playwright, Children's writer,

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

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

Eve EnslerEve Ensler
25 May 1953, American
Artist, Actor, Playwright, Autobiographer, Writer,
Laura WadeLaura Wade
16 October 1977, British

Kathy AckerKathy Acker
18 April 1947, American

Sarah KaneSarah Kane
03 February 1971, British
Playwright, Writer

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

Mary Hayley BellMary Hayley Bell
22 January 1911, Chinese, British
Ntozake ShangeNtozake Shange
18 October 1948, American

Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
28 May 1939, Irish

Mercy Otis WarrenMercy Otis Warren

Françoise SaganFrançoise Sagan
21 June 1935, French
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,
Katharine VinerKatharine Viner
04 January 1971, British

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

Natalie Clifford BarneyNatalie Clifford Barney
31 October 1876, American

Suzan-Lori ParksSuzan-Lori Parks
10 May 1963, American
American playwright
Hannah SzenesHannah Szenes
17 July 1921, Hungarian
Writer, Poet

Caroline GrahamCaroline Graham
17 July 1931, British
Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer
Annie BakerAnnie Baker
31 March 1981, American
screenwriter, author, writer

Sue TownsendSue Townsend
02 April 1946, British

Maryse CondéMaryse Condé
11 February 1937, French, Guadeloupean
Kerry GreenwoodKerry Greenwood
17 June 1954, Australian
Novelist, Playwright, Writer, Poet lawyer, Science

Judy CampbellJudy Campbell
31 May 1916, British
Actor, Playwright
Betty ComdenBetty Comden
03 May 1917, American
Screenwriter, Librettist, Performer, Stage actor,

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

Leslye HeadlandLeslye Headland
1981 AD, American
film director, screenwriter, playwright

Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916, Italian
Susannah DoyleSusannah Doyle
05 July 1966, British
Actor, Film actor
Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745, British
Writer, Poet, Essayist

Mina LoyMina Loy
27 December 1882, British, American

Susan GlaspellSusan Glaspell
01 July 1876, American

Nelly SachsNelly Sachs
10 December 1891, German, Swedish
Poet, Playwright, Writer
Wendy WassersteinWendy Wasserstein
18 October 1950, American

Sarah RuhlSarah Ruhl
1974 AD, American

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

Denise MinaDenise Mina
21 August 1966, Scottish
Crime writer

Ama Ata AidooAma Ata Aidoo
23 March 1942, Ghanaian
Mabel Dodge LuhanMabel Dodge Luhan
26 February 1879, American

Jane BowlesJane Bowles
22 February 1917, American
Eliza HaywoodEliza Haywood
1693 AD, British
British author

Cherríe MoragaCherríe Moraga
25 September 1952, Mexican
Writer, Poet

Angelina Weld GrimkéAngelina Weld Grimké
27 February 1880, American
Alice ChildressAlice Childress
12 October 1912, American
American playwright

Frederica Sagor MaasFrederica Sagor Maas
06 July 1900, American
Screenwriter, Playwright, Journalist,
Zhang AilingZhang Ailing
30 September 1920, Chinese, American

Karen SundeKaren Sunde
18 July 1942, American

Louise-Rose-Etiennette GerardLouise-Rose-Etiennette Gerard
05 April 1871, French