10 Inspiring Female Writers That Everyone Needs to Read

10 Inspiring Female Writers That Everyone Needs to Read, Jhumpa Lahiri, Margaret Atwood
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These authors changed the world, have you read them?

A good place to learn a life lesson – without actually experiencing it – is by reading a book. The right book can inspire you to do anything you put your mind to, even like filling out an application form without help from a personal statement writer.

Spectacular books worth spending hours on have been written by both male and female authors. But this article only focuses on the inspiring female authors that have made a huge impact in the literary world. Whether you are here to carry out research to shorten essay stress, or just looking for inspiring female authors to dive into, these writers will help you learn new things about the world and yourself.

1. Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

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This African-American civil rights activist, poet, and writer is an inspiration to all. The determination she showed while facing hardships as a little girl and teenager makes her a role model to many women. The lifetime struggles she went through are documented in the autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which is her most popular book. It talks about life for a young Black girl in America. This particular book won her prestigious awards and shone a light on her career.

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2. Marjane Satrapi (1969-)

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Marjane Satrapi is a writer, artist, and director who is Iranian by birth with French citizenship. Famously known for her graphic book that depicts a personal childhood life in her political-torn home country, then, later on, life in France. Persepolis started as a comic. Critics term it a graphic novel, but Marjane calls it a comic. Its vividness, as well as its easy relatability with readers around the globe, made it a bestseller and earned Satrapi numerous awards.

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3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977-)

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Ngozi Adichie is one of Nigeria's most prestigious writers. The publication of Purple Hibiscus, her debut book, brought her fame in her country and abroad. The book won the Commonwealth and Orange Broad Prizes. Her compassionate writing style on topics like civil war, race, diversity, immigration, politics, love, feminism, religion, and even afro hair, has earned her notable awards. She is one of Africa's most-read writers.

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4. Jhumpa Lahiri (1967-)

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This Indian-American literary compositor was raised in Rhode Island. Her collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, won her the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. What the collection mainly focuses on is immigration and selfhood. Unlike Interpreter of Maladies, she later works at the center on things that happen to Indians and Bengalis living abroad. Her country's situation has not escaped Jhumpa's pen. Lowland, Unaccustomed Earth, and Namesake are some of her other books.

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5. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

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Virginia Woolf was a major literary figure of the twentieth century. Considered a supporter of women, her popular essay A Room of One's Own shines a light on male supremacy and female subordination in society. Virginia Woolf wrote classical books, published, criticized the works of others, and wrote essays. She earned everyone's respect. Her books have a narrative style that flows with her characters' thoughts. She is the brain behind Mrs Dalloway, Waves, Orlando, and Lighthouse.

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6. Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

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Toni Morrison was a Black professor, essayist, and writer. It was after the release of her third novel, Song of Solomon, that readers and appraisers – the entire literary world – noticed Morrison. Now Toni is a household name in literature. Her books shine a light on the Black perspective, especially the Black female perspective. She uses her main characters to show the world what it is like to live as a Black person. She wrote Sula, Home, The Bluest Eye, Tar Baby, Beloved, and many others. Her accolades are not limited to literature, she was also given a medal for national humanities, and another for presidential freedom.

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7. Zadie Smith (1975-)

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Zadie Smith writes prose, essays, and short fiction. She became a bestseller and won numerous awards with her first publication, White Teeth, which was published in 2000. This story centers around race and identity in London and Britain both modern-day and throughout history. The English writer is known for her contemporary writing style that pleases readers and leaves them eager for more from her. Though Zadie started with prose, she has gone on to create beautiful short fiction and research as well.

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8. Eleanor Catton (1985-)

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In 2012, New Zealand-born writer, Eleanor Catton, became the youngest writer to win The Booker award with her novel, Luminaries. Her talent is exceptional and separates her from her peers. The plot of the book is about unsolved mysteries and delinquency and takes place in the nineteenth century. Twelve men represent each of the twelve zodiac signs, while other special characters represent the various planets in the solar world. Upon publication, it received great reviews from her home country and the United Kingdom. It is a fascinating read that you should definitely check out.

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9. Arundhati Roy (1961-)

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This Indian author won The Booker Award for her debut novel, The God of Small Things. It was distributed for reading in 1997. The book got acclaim upon publication and set Arundhati firmly in the literary world as a must-read author. It focuses on the outcome inconsequential things hold in human lives. When the book got adapted into a movie, she earned another prize; a Film Award for the Best Screenplay. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is another work of hers. It was released to public reading in 2017.

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10. Margaret Atwood (1939-)

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Margaret Atwood has her name credited to all kinds of different literary works. She writes poems, short stories, prose, books for children, and more. The Handmaid's Tale, first released in print in 1985, is her most popular novel. It has been adapted into a movie as well as more recently into a popular tv show. This Canadian author has written over 40 books. Each, when published, earned her different praises from critics in Canada and abroad. The Testament and Surfacing are a few of her other popular books.

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These female authors are role models and have told the tale of a different side, the easy way millions of readers relate to fiction or non-fiction, novels, and short stories written by them has made them the widest-read female authors in our world.

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