It’s the fourth week and final post for Women’s History month. And despite that women didn’t gain the right to vote until 1920 (mentioned in a previous post), at least our voices weren’t completely silenced. In fact, it was also acknowledged, recognized and awarded. So today’s post is, I’m going out with a bang and celebrating women writers.
We all know and maybe read the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. As well as the works of Ursula Leguin and Agatha Christie. And many other prominent women such as Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker and Maya Angelou. (If not then you’d might want to add them on your TBR list).
But what about our predecessors like Sara Teasdale? Who was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1917 for her poetry collection Love Songs.
A New York Times Book Review contributor, writing about the 1917 edition of Love Songs, asserted that “Miss Teasdale is first, last, and always a singer.” Reviewing the 1915 volume Rivers to the Sea, anotherNew York Times Book Review contributor deemed the book “a little volume of joyous and unstudied song.” (Poetry Foundation)
You can find more of her works on Goodreads.
Edith Wharton became the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921 for her novel, The Age of Innocence. “The Columbia trustees praised Wharton’s twelfth novel for its “wholesome atmosphere of American life and the highest standard of American manners and manhood…” (Reader’s Almanac)
But preceding them is Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf. The first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in literature in 1909. You can find her works on Goodreads. And let’s not forget Phyllis Wheatley, who’s recognized as the first published African-American woman. You can find other notable female writers awarded the Nobel Prize here.
As a bonus, let’s also give a big up to kick-ass female characters and protagonists! Flawed individuals who are captains and masters of their fate. Who aren’t regulated as 2D and unmemorable characters. We may not always agree on what makes a strong female character but do recognize when we see one. And love them for it. So thank you JK Rowling for Hermoine Jean Granger, ‘the brightest witch of her age.’
And the ever strict and unwaveringly loyal Professor Minerva McGonagall.
Here are some additional links of bad-ass female writers and characters loved by writers, editors, readers, etc:
33 Experts Share Their Notable Female Characters of Recent Years
33 Experts Share What They Want Next From Female Characters
22 Strong Female Characters In Literature We All Wanted To Be
Literature’s Fiestiest Females
29 Awesome Books w/ Strong Female Protagonists
50 Excellent Novels by Female Writers Under 50 That Everyone Should Read
These Are the 21 Female Authors You Should Be Reading
Which female writers you’d like to include and mention? Which female character(s) have you grown to love and or has blown you away? Why? Please share in the comments section below.
And Happy Birthday Effa Manley!- co-owner and manager with husband Abe of the Negro League baseball team the Brooklyn Eagles (1935-46), supported integration with the NAACP, worked hard to get Negro League players included in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Happy Birthday Sarah Vaughan!- world renown jazz singer and pianist known as the “Divine One”
You can gather more resources and information for Women’s History Month from the National Women’s History Project: Writing Women Back Into History.
PS. National Poetry Month is 4-5 days away! And there’s just 10 post days left in the month of April. I’m still collecting and soliciting interviews to fulfill my blog project. So if you’ve signed up and are still participating, don’t forget to return your interview answers. But in the case I do end up short, I’ve thought up some great ideas to make it up. Unfortunately, that might cause some post date rearrangements.
As for other news, my How Writers Write Poetry class is temporarily postponed. Good thing too because I also registered for a Warfare and Weapons in Ancient Egypt class. I thought it’d be a great source for my Harbingers of El Tinor work in progress that I’ll focus on in the fall/winter. As well as, I’ll be using this time to focus on book one of my Nadia series and my poetry manuscripts. So I’ll only post content once a week and every Wednesday until May 2015. As in the past, the first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writers Support Group day.
Anyways, bye for now. Looking forward to hearing from you and spreading a little poetry love together in April!