Ama Ata Aidoo
(b.1942) is a
poet and playwright from Ghana. She has previously served as the Minister of
Education in her country.
Her first play, The Dilemma of a Ghost, was published in 1964, and made her the
first published African female dramatist. Her novels frequently feature strong
female characters who break common societal stereotypes. In 2000 she founded
the Mbaasem Foundation, which supports African women writers.
an English author and garden designer. She is known for her award-winning
poetry and novels, as well as for extended correspondence with Virginia Woolf,
with whom she had a well-documented love affair.
wrote a number of novels of great commercial success, as well as numerous volumes
of poetry. She was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Imaginative Literature on
two occasions. The androgynous protagonist of Virginia Woolf’s popular novel Orlando was inspired by Sackville-West.
is one of the most significant writers in Ukrainian literature. She is known
for her poetry and plays, as well as for her feminist activism.
She was highly
educated from a young age and could speak ten languages. Her poetry had strong
political connotations, especially regarding Ukraine’s fight for independence
from the Russian Empire.
is a significant figure in the Romantic Movement in her native Galicia. She
wrote in Galician in addition to Spanish, in a gesture of defiance against
stereotypes of the minority language.
She published numerous
volumes of poetry and is considered one of the most significant Spanish writers
of the nineteenth century. Her work focused heavily on Galician history,
society and language, fighting against the notion that it was a lesser tongue,
unfit for literature.
was a journalist and novelist, as well as an activist for women’s rights,
Native American rights, and abolitionism. She fought against white supremacy
and patriarchal society her entire life.
She believed that women’s rights were closely
tied with African American rights, as both groups were oppressed and no real
progress could be achieved unless both issues were dealt with. Her writings in
support of the abolitionist movement included the book An Appeal in the Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans and
the publication National Anti-Slavery
Standard. Her fictional book Hobomok,
which portrayed a relationship between a Native American and a white woman, was
scandalous at the time of its publication.