An Index of Fantastic Women

Louisa May Alcott

Mildred Aldrich

Jane Austen

Eugenia Bacon

Anna Maynard Barbour

Isabella Lucy Bird

Mary Hastings Bradley

Anne Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

Emily Brontë

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Fanny Burney

Clara Louise Burnham

María Enriqueta Camarillo

Rosalía de Castro

Willa Cather

Margaret Cavendish

Elizabeth Margaret Chandler

Kate Chopin

Agatha Christie

Hannah Crafts

Julia C. Collins

Charlotte Dacre

Maria Edgeworth

George Eliot

Augusta J. Evans

Fanny Fern

Martha Finley

Margaret Fuller

Mary Eliza Fullerton

Elizabeth Gaskell

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Anna Katherine Green

Evelyn Everett Green

Sui Sin Far

Charlotte Forten Grimké

Angelina Weld Grimké

Frances Harper

Ho Xuan Huong

Helen Hunt Jackson

Harriet Jacobs

Sarah Orne Jewett

Qiu Jin

Emily Pauline Johnson

Mary Johnson

Elizabeth Keckley

Marie Belloc Lowndes

Amy Lowell

Anna Margolin

L.M. Montgomery

Sarojini Naidu

Andre Alice Norton

Emma Orczy

Ann Radcliffe

Ōtagaki Rengetsu

Mary Roberts Rinehart

Christina Rossetti

Emmeline Pankhurst

Gene Stratton-Porter

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Beatrix Potter

Zitkála-Šá (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin)

Jane Johnson Schoolcraft (Bamewawagezhikaquay)

Anna Sewell

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Murasaki Shikibu

Sei Shōnagon

Joanna Southcott

Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford

Johanna Spyri

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Sojourner Truth

Salomé Ureña

Elizabeth von Arnim

Ida B. Wells

Rebecca West

Harriet E. Wilson

Edith Wharton

Phillis Wheatley

Virginia Woolf

Charlotte Mary Yonge

Akiko Yosano

Wu Zao

Zēb-un-Nisā (poem)


This is an ever-growing list. If I’ve missed someone, it’s just because I haven’t found her yet, so shout it out in the comments. Suggestions must be:

  • In the public domain (because copyright law). This means that, most of the time, books must have been published pre-1923. Free full texts and ebooks are a plus.
  • Either written in or translated into English (translations often have copyrights of their own, so this can get tricky).