2 Sylvia Plath(Famous for Her Books 'The Bell Jar' and 'Ariel')
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.
3 Emily Dickinson(Poet)
4 Sarojini Naidu(Poet and Freedom Fighter)
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.
5 Charlotte Bronte(Novelist)
6 Emily Brontë(Novelist)
7 Elizabeth Barrett Browning(English poet of the Victorian era, best known for her 'Sonnets From the Portuguese' and 'Aurora Leigh.)
8 Christina Rossetti(Poet, Writer, Hymnwriter)
9 Edna St. Vincent Millay(Poet)
11 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie(Writer)
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 George Eliot(Poet & Novelist)
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.
13 Enid Blyton(Children's writer)
14 Savitribai Phule(Social Reformer, Poet)
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 Alice Walker(Author)
16 Dorothy Parker(Poet)
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 Phillis Wheatley(Writer)
18 Ruby Dee(Actress)
19 Juana Inés de la Cruz(Early feminist author and philosopher who studied everything around her and argued forcefully that all women should be allowed to do the same)
Mexican nun Juana Inés de la Cruz was one of the finest authors of the Latin American colonial era. Initially the lady-in-waiting of Mexico’s viceroy, she later took her vows. She built a huge library and penned masterpieces such as the poem Primero sueño and the religious drama El divino Narciso.
20 Chirlane McCray(Writer, Social Activist)
21 Carol Ann Duffy(Writer)
23 Sue Grafton(American author)
24 Mary Oliver(Poet, Writer)
25 Sara Teasdale(Poet, Writer)
26 Anne Sexton(Poet)
27 Assia Wevill(Poet mainly remembered in the context of her relationships with and influences on Sylvia Plath and Hughes)
Assia Wevill was an aspiring German poet and domestic-partner of English poet Ted Hughes. She escaped the Nazis at the start of the Second World War and eventually settled in the UK, where she got romantically involved with Hughes. She killed herself and her daughter the same way Hughes's first wife, Sylvia Plath, had killed herself six years earlier.
28 Angela Marie DiFranco(Singer)
30 Margaret Atwood(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic & Environmental Activist)
Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist. Her works encompass themes, such as religion and myth, climate change, and gender and identity. An award-winning writer, many of Atwood's works have been made into films and television series; her work, The Handmaid's Tale, has had several adaptations. Perhaps, Margaret Atwood's most important contribution is her invention of the LongPen device.
31 Rita Mae Brown(Writer)
32 Dorothy L. Sayers(English crime writer and poet.)
34 Adrienne Rich(American poet)
35 Elizabeth Bishop(Poet)
36 Angela Carter(Author of 'The Bloody Chamber' and 'Nights at the Circus')
37 Louise Glück(Poet)
38 Michaela Coel(Actress)
39 Betty Aberlin(Actress)
40 Ayumi Hamasaki(Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer)
Japanese pop icon Ayumi Hamasaki had started a TV career after moving to Tokyo at 14. She later gained fame with her dance hits and ballads. Also known for her dramatic costumes and videos, The Empress of J-pop has been rendered totally deaf in one ear, owing to a ear infection.
41 Carson McCullers(American novelist)
42 Joyce Carol Oates(Writer)
43 Julia Cameron(Screenwriter, Film director, Novelist, Poet)
44 Emma Lazarus(Poet, Writer, Journalist)
45 Fanny Crosby(Poet)
46 Frieda Hughes(Painter, Poet)
47 Mary Karr(Poet)
48 Gwendolyn Brooks(Poet)
49 Olga Tokarczuk(Writer)
Olga Tokarczuk is a Polish writer and public intellectual. She is one of the most critically acclaimed authors of her generation in Poland. She was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first female Polish writer to receive the honor. Her works have been translated into almost 40 languages. She is also a clinical psychologist.
50 Anna Akhmatova(Poet)
One of the greatest Russian women poets, Anna Akhmatova had started writing poems at age 11. She was part of the Acmeists, who laid down their own style, Acmeism. Poema bez geroya and Requiem remain two of her finest works. She later wrote about the horrors of the Stalinist regime.