Women have been trapped in patriarchy and manhood for centuries. They were forbidden from going out and doing what they wanted or even expressing their opinions. That’s why they started writing to express themselves and voice their opinions. These writers made important contributions to raising significant questions about patriarchy and man’s evil-doing in the world of literature. Below are the 12 most empowering women writers of all times that one must know about.
Toni Morrison was an African-American female author and a fierce educator born in Lorain, Ohio. Her novels portrayed the brutal realities of Black women, and through her stories, she amplified the voices of black women. Some of her great works of writing are- “The Bluest Eye,” “Beloved,” “God Help the Child,” and “Paradise.”
Jhumpa Lahiri is an American author born in London whose subtle storytelling is simultaneously hard-hitting and a breeze through. The way she deals with human emotions without resorting to any form of glorification stands out in her stories. Some of her great works of writing are- “Interpreter of Maladies,” “The Namesake,” “The Lowland,” “Whereabouts,” and “Unaccustomed Earth.”
Jane Austen was a feminist and a writer born in the small town of Steventon. In all her novels, she gave her female characters the right to be happy and stressed, the fact that women should marry for love rather than money. Some of her great works of writing are- “Pride and Prejudice,” “Sense and Sensibility,” and “Emma.”
Mary Shelly was an English novelist, playwright, and biographer born in the London suburb of Somers Town. Historic and gothic genres influenced her writings. Out of all the classics, her most famous classic is “Frankenstein.”. Mary Shelly is one woman who knows how to make her stories an epic read.
Agatha Christie is known to be the queen of a murder mystery. She was born in Torquay, England, and is known for writing 66 detective novels and 14 collections of short stories. Interestingly, she penned down six ‘crime of the heart’ novels under the name of Mary Westmacott that are relatively unknown yet equally beautiful. Some of her great works of writing are- “And then there were none,” Dead man’s folly,” and “The Mystery of the Blue Train.”
Virginia Woolf was an English writer and an intellectual born in Amherst, Massachusetts. She rejected repressive Victorian institutions and embraced creative and sexual freedom. Her way of living was modern, and that’s what she represented in her writings. Some of her great works of writing are- “To the Lighthouse,” “Mrs. Dalloway,” and “A Room of One’s Own.”
Emily Dickenson was a famous American poet born in Amherst, Massachusetts. In all her poems, there is a sense of pain, agony, and creativity. In addition to poetry, she was also passionate about gardening. Some of her great writing works are “Final Harvest,” and “Selected Poems of Emily Dickenson.”
Amrita Pritam was one of the most recognized and loved Punjabi women authors born in Punjab. She wrote multiple partition poems and short stories, the idea of which came mainly from her experiences of partition. “Aaj Aakhan Waris Shah Nu” is one of her most beautifully written poems that displays the heart-wrenching reality of partition time.
Shashi Deshpande is a fierce woman writer who writes children-oriented stories. The way she writes her stories is so beautiful and realistic that one has to pause and let the story capture you. Her fierce voice leads to creating a more diverse, socially empowered, and culturally nuanced world in all her writings. Some of her great works of art are- “The Dark Holds No Terrors,” “That Long Silence,” “If I Die Today,” and “The Binding Vine.”
Born in Budaun, Ismat Chughtai was an Urdu novelist and short story writer who was very outspoken and unapologetic in terms of her writings. She was a prolific and risk-taker who addressed subjects that were considered taboo. The greatest example of her unapologetic writing is “Lihaaf”, which got banned for its erotic and lesbian undertone. But her stories are a must-read for all those women who believe in unconventional norms.
Anita Desai is one of the prominent contemporary Indian novelists born in Mussoorie. The Majority of her stories are about her personal life experiences, and she solely believes in telling things just the way they are. Some of her great works of writing are- “In Custody,” “Fire on the Mountain,” “The Artist of Disappearance,” and “Fasting, Feasting.”
Maya Angelou was a strong, black woman and an American poet who meticulously depicted modern life in all her writings. In all her poems, she stood up for women and made sure she created her mark. Some of her must-reads are- “And Still I Rise,” “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “On the Pulse of Morning,” “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me,” and “Letter to my Daughter.”