Women Poets

Throughout history, there have been many women poets who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female poets such as Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Sarojini Naidu, Margaret Atwood.The women poets featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Sylvia Plath

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Famous As: Poet, Novelist, and Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: February 11, 1963

Sylvia Plath was an American short-story writer, novelist, and poet. Plath is credited with popularizing confessional poetry and won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Sylvia Plath achieved popularity and critical acclaim despite suffering from clinical depression for the most part of her adult life. Her story inspired the 2003 film Sylvia in which she was portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow.

 2 Emily Dickinson

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 10, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 15, 1886
Victorian-era poet Emily Dickinson apparently wrote around 1800 poems, mostly revolving around themes such as death and immortality. However, she was a recluse, dressed up in white, and mostly interacted with people through correspondence. Her poems were mostly without titles and had short lines, slant rhyme, and unconventional punctuation.

 3 Sappho

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 0630 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0580 BC
Sappho was a lyric poet from Lesbos, in the 6th-7th century B.C. Known as the “Tenth Muse,” she wrote the Ode to Aphrodite and the Tithonus poem. Though her sexuality is still debated, she gave rise to the terms “sapphic” and “lesbian,” used to denote love and desire between women. 

 4 Keren Peles

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Israeli

 5 Sarojini Naidu

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Famous As: Poet and Freedom Fighter
Birthdate: February 13, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 2, 1949

Sarojini Naidu was an Indian poet and political activist. An important figure in the Indian Independence Movement, she was a proponent of anti-imperialistic ideas, women's rights, and civil rights. Her illustrious career as a poet earned her the nickname Nightingale of India. After India became independent, she became the first woman to hold the office of Governor in the Dominion of India.

 6 Audre Lorde

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 17, 1992

 7 Charlotte Bronte

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 21, 1816
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: March 31, 1855
Charlotte Bronte, remembered for her iconic novel Jane Eyre, was one of the most significant literary figures of the 19th century. She was the eldest of the Bronte sisters who survived into adulthood. She and her sisters Emily and Anne wrote under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.
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 8 Meena Kumari

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 31, 1972

 9 Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 6, 1806
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: June 29, 1861

 10 George Eliot

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Famous As: Author and Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1819
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: December 22, 1880

Mary Ann Evans, known by her pseudonym George Eliot, was an English poet, novelist, translator, and journalist. One of the most prominent writers of the Victorian era, Eliot's works are known for their psychological insight, realism, and detailed description of the countryside. Her novel Middlemarch was voted one of the greatest literary works in a 2007 poll conducted by Time.

 11 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Nigerian

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer and feminist. She is popular for writing novels, such as Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. She is credited with popularizing African literature among a new generation of readers, especially in the United States. In 2015, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

 12 Juana Inés de la Cruz

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Famous As: Poet, Nun, Writer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Feminist, Composer
Birthdate: November 12, 1651
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Mexican
Died: April 17, 1695

 13 Emily Brontë

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 30, 1818
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: December 19, 1848
Victorian novelist/poet Emily Brontë, also known as Ellis Bell, is best remembered for her iconic novel Wuthering Heights. Her book of poems, written with her sisters Charlotte and Anne, was titled Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, highlighting their pseudonyms. She suffered from prolonged illness and died of tuberculosis.

 14 Savitribai Phule

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Famous As: Social Reformer, Poet
Birthdate: January 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: March 10, 1887

Savitribai Phule was a revolutionary social reformer who dedicated her life to educate girls and bring about gender equality in the face of resistance from the conservative Indian society. Phule, who was illiterate till her marriage, went on to become a teacher, a feat considered first by an Indian woman. With her husband, she established schools for girls in Maharashtra.

 15 Phillis Wheatley

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 8, 1753
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 5, 1784

 16 Dorothy Parker

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 22, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 7, 1967

Poet and author Dorothy Parker rose to fame with her published works in The New Yorker. She later formed the Algonquin Round Table. She also wrote for Hollywood films such as A Star Is Born and earned two Academy Award nominations. However, her association with left-wing politics got her blacklisted.

 17 Ruby Dee

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: June 11, 2014

 18 Christina Rossetti

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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Hymnwriter
Birthdate: December 5, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: December 29, 1894

 19 Chirlane McCray

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Famous As: Writer, Social Activist
Birthdate: November 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 20 Carol Ann Duffy

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Birthdate: December 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 21 Banks

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 22 Ayumi Hamasaki

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Famous As: Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer
Birthdate: October 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese

 23 Margaret Mitchell

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 8, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 1949

 24 Amrita Pritam

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 31, 2005

 25 Noname

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 26 Sue Grafton

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Famous As: American author
Birthdate: April 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 27 Anne Sexton

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: October 4, 1974

 28 Mahadevi Varma

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian
Died: September 11, 1987

 29 Mary Oliver

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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: September 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 30 Vita Sackville-West

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: June 2, 1962

 31 Angela Marie DiFranco

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 32 Irom Chanu Sharmila

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Famous As: Poet, Journalist
Birthdate: March 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 33 Madeleine L'Engle

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 6, 2007

 34 Taslima Nasrin

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Famous As: Poet, Physician, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Feminist
Birthdate: August 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Bangladeshi

 35 Assia Wevill

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Famous As: Socialite, Poet
Birthdate: May 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: March 23, 1969

 36 Frieda Hughes

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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 37 Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Famous As: Poetess and Playwright
Birthdate: February 22, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 19, 1950

 38 Marjane Satrapi

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Famous As: Graphic Novelist
Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French, Iranian

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

 39 Mahasweta Devi

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Famous As: Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist, Educator, Short story writer
Birthdate: January 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 28, 2016

 40 Dora Maar

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Famous As: Photographer, Artist, Painter, Poet, Choreographer, Sculptor, Model
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: July 16, 1997

 41 Elizabeth Bishop

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 6, 1979

 42 Gala Dalí

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 7, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Russian
Died: June 10, 1982

 43 Louise Glück

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 44 Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: December 17, 1957

 45 Margaret Truman

Margaret Truman
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Famous As: actor, novelist, writer, biographer
Birthdate: February 17, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 29, 2008

 46 Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 47 Adrienne Rich

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Famous As: American poet
Birthdate: May 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 27, 2012

 48 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 15, 1689
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: August 21, 1762

 49 Mylène Farmer

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Writer, Singer, Actor, Musician, Children's writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, French

 50 Betty Aberlin

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American