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March 09, 2014

A Belated International Women's Day Celebration: Five Powerful Female Authors

I hope everyone had the chance to do a little celebrating for International Women’s Day this past Saturday. Let’s admit it, women are fabulous and deserve a little recognition every now and then! Sometimes it can seem like the literary world is dominated by men, but for decades now strong and eloquent female authors have been making their mark in a variety of genres. So in commemoration of International Women’s Day, here is a list of powerful female authors to remind us that it’s not always a man’s world!

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Jane Austen: Love her work or hate it, you’ve got to admit that this is one female author who was a bit ahead of her time. Despite the fact that most of her novels revolve around the topic of marriage, her books do feature strong female protagonists who are usually quite opposed to the marriages of convenience and instead tout the line of love over money. Rowling J.K. Rowling:  No list would be complete without one of the most well-known female authors of our time. Whether it be her imaginative Harry Potter series or her more recent work aimed at adult readers, Rowling is an unstoppable force who inspires authors all over the globe. alice walker Alice Walker: The book Walker is most well-known for is The Color Purple. This work is definitely not an easy read, but Alice Walker’s bravery in addressing issues related to race and gender means that she’s a must for this list of powerful female authors.


Claire Messud: This is one of my all-time favorite female authors. Messud first caught my attention when I read The Emperor’s Children, but I feel that her book The Woman Upstairs really speaks to a lot of contemporary issues some women face. This makes her a great addition to our list!


Agatha Christie: Christie definitely deserves to make our list because not only is she the best-selling female author of all time, but she forged a career which made her a household name. A magician of words and thrilling plots, Christie’s popularity and success has become an inspiration for female crime-writing authors everywhere. These are only a few of the many powerful female authors out there who have created amazing works for the world to enjoy. What are a few of your favorites and why? Be sure to share your thoughts! :)