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67 women writers who made a difference

  • JWB Post
  •  June 13, 2015

Recently, an unfortunate trend was seen on Twitter following a remark made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech at Dhaka University in Bangladesh. #DespiteBeingAWoman trended at no. 1 and while it was heavily condemned, many Twitter users were turning the trend on its head by using humour and satire. Meanwhile, the two of us were discussing this on WhatsApp and thinking how best we could tackle it as well. We wanted to call out the trend without perpetuating it, and we thought of something that would result in benefit not just for us, but for many others as well.

We decided to crowdsource a list of writers whose words had had a profound impact on readers #DespiteBeingAWoman. Soon, names started pouring in and we were pleased to see that the list transcended boundaries of time, language and race. Around 20 people contributed into making the below list of 67 women writers.

  1. J. K. Rowling(“Creating worlds, shaping minds, gifting sunshine and saving souls”)

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  1. Enid Blyton(“Childhood wouldn’t be the same without her classics, written way back in the 1930s.”)
  2. Ayn Rand
  3. Kamala Das
  4. Maya Angelou
  5. Lalithambika Antharjanam
  6. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. Mahasweta Devi
  8. Elaine Showalter
  9. Harper Lee
  10. Jhumpa Lahiri

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  1. Emily Dickinson
  2. Buchi Emecheta (“The Joys of Motherhood can make anyone teary-eyed.”)
  3. Laini Taylor (“Her prose in Daughter of Smoke and Bone is music.”)
  4. Judy Blume (“My pre-teen self found solace in her comforting words.”)

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  1. Carolyn Keene
  2. Arundhati Roy
  3. Rainbow Rowell
  4. Advaita Kala
  5. Virginia Woolf
  6. Jane Austen (“She called it like it is!”)
  7. Alice Walker (“Celie, Nettie, Shug. Sisters, mothers and lovers forever. Enough said.”)
  8. Kiran Desai (“Who clearly didn’t inherit any loss!”)
  9. Anita Desai (“For introducing me to uncomfortable realities very early”)
  10. Sylvia Plath

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  1. Agatha Christie (“She is an unsolvable mystery”)
  2. Ira Trivedi
  3. Louisa May Alcott (“I still cry every time I read Little Women!”)
  4. Pooja Nansi

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  1. Anuja Chauhan

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  1. Bharti Mehta (“Spreads spiritual love through her words”)
  2. Paula Hawkins
  3. Gillian Flynn
  4. Mindy Kaling
  5. Nilanjana Roy
  6. Ellen Degeneres
  7. Anne Sexton

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  1. Marjane Satrapi
  2. Sarah Koenig (“Ain’t no storyteller like her”)
  3. Zadie Smith
  4. Tarfia Faizullah
  5. Ashwaq Masoodi
  6. Diablo Cody
  7. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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  1. Andrea Gibson
  2. Lalita Iyer
  3. Attia Hossain
  4. Mahadevi Varma
  5. Ismat Chughtai
  6. Sonia Faleiro
  7. Rafia Zakaria
  8. Jessica Valenti
  9. Kathryn Schulz
  10. Anne Frank (“No book has left such an indelible impact when I read it.”)
  11. Jeanette Winterson

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  1. Saba Imtiaz
  2. Mansi Choksi
  3. Namita Bhandare
  4. Roxane Gay
  5. Amy Davidson
  6. Priya Ramani
  7. Annie Zaidi
  8. Mannu Bhandari (“Aapka Bunti is a classic. My favorite Hindi writer!”)
  9. Arshia Sattar (“For her perspectives”)
  10. Lena Dunham
  11. Carol Ann Duffy
  12. Roopa Farooki

by Neha Joshi and Lipi Mehta

This article originally appeared here.

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