50 Inspirational Female Authors

By March 11, 2015May 19th, 2015Discussion and Recommendations

On International Women’s Day I asked members of our Facebook page to name their most inspirational female author and received more than 1,000 replies. Over the last couple of days I’ve been getting all the answers together to bring you our latest poll results and now we have them.

You were all very enthusiastic in your replies with a few hundred different authors mentioned. The top 50 is an eclectic mix made up of contemporary and classic authors, and here they are, the top 50 inspirational female authors chosen by you this International Women’s Day.

The top five, and it’s quite a top five are…

J.K. Rowling

Jane Austen

Charlotte Bronte

Harper Lee

Agatha Christie

Then we have

Margaret Atwood

Maya Angelou

Jodi Picoult

Nora Roberts/J.D Robb

Louisa May Alcott

That’s a pretty impressive top ten of authors, but we thought ‘why stop there’, let’s go for the top 50 from the list…




Ayn Rand

Virginia Woolf

Anne Rice

Diana Gabaldon

Toni Morrison

L.M Montgomery

Sylvia Plath

Emily Bronte

Suzanne Collins

Umera Ahmad

Daphne du Maurier

Barbara Kingsolver

George Elliot

Anne McCaffrey

Enid Blyton

Maeve Binchy

Amy Tan

Margaret Mitchell

Mary Shelley

Doris Lessing

Arundhati Roy

Anne Frank

Isabel Allende

Cassandra Clare

Danielle Steele

Cornelia Funke

Ruth Rendell

Laura Ingells Wilder

Tess Gerritsen

Janet Evanovich

Veronica Roth

Kristen Hannah

Judy Blume

Jean M Auel

Madeleine L’Engle

Sue Monk Kidd

Anais Nin

Mercedes Lackey

Alice Walker

Alice Hoffman

Wow, what a list and what a fantastic celebration of female authors! Did your favourite make the list, is there anyone you would add?



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