Category: author

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) was an author of children’s books, best
known for her Little House on the Prairie series. The popular books
dealt with life in a settler and pioneer family.

In
addition to her writing, she also had a career as a teacher, started at the age
of 16. She had a weekly column in the Missouri Ruralist newspaper, where
she talked about farm life and the increasing opportunities of a woman at the
time.

Hannah More (1745-1833) was a notable English author and philanthropist during the 18th
and early 19th century. She was a leading member of the Blue
Stockings Society, an organisation of intellectual women of the time.

She
was well known in English society for her plays and poetry, as well as for her
anti-slavery activism. She was responsible for founding twelve schools in poor
areas of England and donating the money that helped establish Kenyon College in
the United States.

Nina Bawden (1925-2012) was an English author who was
nominated for the Booker Prize in 1987, as well as the Lost Man Booker Prize in
2010. She is one of the very few writers who have both been nominated and
served as a judge for the prestigious award.

She has written 55
books for children and adults over a career which spanned more than five
decades. In 2004 she was awarded the Golden PEN Award for “a Lifetime’s Distinguished
Service to Literature”.

Connie Willis (b. 1945) is a writer of science fiction
novels. She has won eleven Hugo and seven Nebula Awards – more than any other
writer.

She is best known for
novels such as Doomsday Book and Blackout/All Clear, which
feature time travel. Most of her major works were nominated or won major sci-fi
awards.

Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673) was an English writer and philosopher,
celebrated today as a pioneer for female authors. Her 1666 work The Blazing
World
is one of the earliest examples of utopian fiction and science
fiction.

She wrote extensively,
poetry, plays and other fictional works, and published them under her own name,
in a time when women still mostly wrote anonymously. She was the first woman
invited to attend a meeting of the Royal Society of London in 1667 – the Society’s
first female member was only inducted, however, in 1945.

Ntozake Shange (1948-2018) was an
author whose work focused on black feminism. Her most famous play was also her
first, For Colored Girls Who Have
Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf,
published in 1976.

Her first play, which dealt with the experiences of African American
women in a racist and sexist world, won numerous awards and was performed on
Broadway. She was also involved with the Black Arts Movement and the Women’s
Institute for Freedom of the Press.

Grazia Deledda (1871-1936) was an Italian author. She received the Nobel Prize for
Literature in 1926 – the first woman from her country to achieve this.

She published her first novel in 1892, just one
of numerous others, along with collections of poetries and short stories. Her work
focused on the life and customs of Sardinian people.

Laura Bates
(b. 1986) is a
feminist writer from England. She is the founder of the Everyday Sexism
Project, which highlights how widespread the phenomenon is in today’s society.

She founded the
website in 2012, hoping to collect the stories of 100 women, but it grew rapidly
to include the testimonies of thousands from all over the world. For her
services to gender equality, she was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2015.

Zona Gale (1874-1938)
was an American novelist and playwright. She was the first woman to win the
Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which she achieved in 1921 for Miss Lulu Bett.

She published her first novel in 1906, and
eleven more followed throughout her career. In addition to writing, she also
supported progressive causes, and lobbied for equal rights in her state of Wisconsin.

Fredrika Bremer (1801-1865) was a Swedish author and feminist reformer. Seen as the ‘Swedish
Jane Austen’, her novels her highly influential in bringing about social change
for women in her country.

Her novels were very popular even outside
national borders, in the UK and the US. In a society where all women were under
the guardianship of either their fathers or their husbands, her novel Hertha
sparked a movement that granted Swedish women majority at the age of 25 – a
major victory for female independence. The first women’s rights organisation in
Sweden, formed in 1884, bears her name.