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.

 1 Louise Glück

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

 2 Jewel

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 Maya Angelou

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 28, 2014
Poet, author, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was a champion for black feminism and is best remembered for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over 50 honorary degrees was also a child sex abuse survivor.

 6 Amber Tamblyn

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 7 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.
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 8 Margaret Atwood

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Famous As: Writer, Environmental Activist
Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

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.

 9 Keren Peles

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

 10 Michaela Coel

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Ghanaian, British

 11 Charlotte Bronte

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 21, 1816
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: March 31, 1855

 12 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. 

 13 George Eliot

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

 14 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

 15 Sugathakumari

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Famous As: Writer, Human rights activist, Children's writer
Birthdate: January 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 16 Meena Kumari

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

 17 Emily Brontë

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 30, 1818
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: December 19, 1848

 18 Mirabai

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Famous As: Bhakti Saint
Birthdate: 1498 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1557 AD

 19 Mira Bai

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Famous As: Hindu mystic
Birthdate: 1502 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1556 AD

 20 Gertrude Stein

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Famous As: American novelist
Birthdate: February 3, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 27, 1946

 21 Rumer Godden

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: November 8, 1998

 22 Wu Zetian

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Famous As: Empress
Birthdate: February 17, 0624
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Chinese
Died: December 16, 0705

 23 Rupi Kaur

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 24 Dorothy Parker

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

 25 Ruby Dee

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

 26 Audre Lorde

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

 27 Savitribai Phule

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

 28 Chirlane McCray

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

 29 Christina Rossetti

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

 30 Joyce Carol Oates

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 31 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

 32 Anne Askew

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Famous As: poet
Birthdate: 1521 AD
Nationality: British
Died: July 26, 1546

 33 Mary Oliver

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

 34 Vita Sackville-West

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

 35 Phillis Wheatley

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

 36 Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

 37 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

 38 Margaret Mitchell

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

 39 Genesis P-Orridge

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 40 Adrienne Rich

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

 41 Frieda Hughes

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

 42 Nikki Giovanni

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Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: June 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 43 Sue Grafton

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

 44 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

 45 Carol Ann Duffy

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

 46 Amrita Pritam

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

 47 Assia Wevill

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

 48 Angela Marie DiFranco

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

 49 Dorothy L. Sayers

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

 50 Marjane Satrapi

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