By Tim Lambert

Women Writers in the Ancient World

Enheduanna 2295-2250 BC

She was a priestess and writer in what is now Iraq

Sappho c 600 BC

She was a Greek woman poet

Telesilla of Argos c 500 BC

She was a renowned poet

Anyte of Tegea c 250 BC

She was a famous poet

Julia Balbilla c 130 AD

She was a Roman poet

Women Writers in the Middle Ages

Shangguan Wan'er (664-710)

She was a famous Chinese woman poet

Xue Tao (768-831)

She was another great Chinese poet

Yu Xuanji (c 844-1868)

She was also a famous Chinese poet

Murasaki Shikibu (c 973-1014 AD)

She was a famous Japanese writer. She is famous for her work The Tale of Genji.

Hildegard (1088-1179)

Hildegard was a theologian and writer. She also wrote about natural history and the medicinal use of plants. She also wrote music and a play.

Li Qingzhao (1084-1155)

She was a great Chinese woman poet

Heloise (1101-1164)

She was a French Abbess and she was widely respected for her learning

Marie de France 1160-1215

Marie was a famous French poet. Little is known about her life but she was highly regarded.

Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)

Despite her masculine name Julian was a woman. She was a famous mystic and writer. Julian wrote about the 'motherhood' of God.

Christine de Pisan (1364-1432)

Christine was another famous writer of the Middle Ages

Margery Kempe (1373-c. 1439)

Margery was an English mystic. The story of her life became a famous book The Book of Margery Kempe

Women Writers 1500-1800

Beatriz Galindo (c 1465-1523)

Beatriz was a great scholar and writer

Vittoria Colonna (1490-1549)

She was a poet

Katharine Zell (1497-1562)

She was a German Protestant writer

Tullia d'Aragona (1510-1556)

She was a poet

Catherine Parr (1512-1548)

As well as being the wife of Henry VIII she was a noted writer

Louise Labe (1524-1566)

She was a poet

Olympia Morata (1526-1555)

She was an important humanist scholar

Veronica Franco (1546-1591)

She was a famous poet

Isabella Andreini (1562-1604)

She was an actress and writer

Marie Le Jars de Gournay (1565-1645)

She was a famous French writer

Elizabeth Jane Weston (1582-1612)

She was a famous English poet

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

She was also a famous poet

Katherine Philips (1632-1664)

She was another famous poet

Aphra Behn (1640-1689)

She was a famous writer of the 17th century

Hannah More (1745-1833)

She was a famous writer

Olympe de Gouges (1748-1793)

She was a famous playwright

Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)

She was a poet

Madame Anne de Stael (1766-1817)

She was a famous writer

Women Writers in the 19th century

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

She was a famous English writer

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

She is famous for her novel Frankenstein

George Sand (Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant) (1804-1876)

She was a French novelist

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)

She is another famous writer

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

She is famous for Uncle Tom's Cabin

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

She was a famous English writer

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

She is famous for Wuthering Heights

Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (1819-1880)

She was also a famous writer

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

She is famous for Little Women

Women Writers in the 20th century

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

She is famous for her children's stories

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)

She is famous for the Little House on the Prairie books

Charlotte Mew (1869-1928)

She was also a famous poet

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

She was a crime novelist

Enid Blyton (1897-1968)

She wrote children's books

Laura Riding (1901-1991)

She was a famous poet

Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

She was a famous novelist

Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989)

Daphne was a famous novelist

Doris Lessing (1919-2013)

She was a famous novelist

Joan Aiken (1924-2004)

She was an author

Sandra Cisneros (1954-)

She is a modern writer

J K Rowling (1965-)

She is a very successful writer

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