10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About These Famous Women Authors

The International Women’s Day celebration is here once again. Indeed, the world has been impacted by a lot of women, and the literary world is no exception. Here’s some quick facts about famous women authors you probably didn’t know about:


IWD Facts Famous Women

George T. Eliot

#1. George Eliot was actually a woman, named Mary Ann Evans. She wrote under this pen name because women authors were not as highly regarded as men in her era.

IWD Facts Famous Women

Doris Lessing

#2. When British author, Doris Lessing was at the peak of her career, she sent two new novels under a pen name, Jane Somers, to her publisher. The works were rejected. Doris Lessing had wanted to illustrate just how difficult it is for a new writer to get published.

Buchi Emecheta

#3. Second Class Citizen‘s author, Buchi Emecheta was sixteen years old when she got married to her husband.

Louisa May Alcott

#4. Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women under three months!

Chimamanda Adichie

#5. Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie studied medicine before crossing to Pharmacy. Eventually, she left medical school to pursue writing.

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Toni Morrison

#6. American author, Toni Morrison started writing in her mid-thirties.

Zadie Smith

#7. English author, Zadie Smith took almost two years to write the first twenty pages of On Beauty.

Akwaeke Emezi

#8. Akwaeke Emezi identifies as a non-binary transgender author, a fact unknown to the judges before their story, Freshwater, was nominated for the Women’s prize for fiction.

Maya Angelou

#9. Maya Angelou was San Francisco’s first-ever black female streetcar conductor.

Malala Yousafzai

#10. Malala Yousafzai started blogging for the BBC at the age of eleven, under the pseudonym Gul Makai, about life under the Taliban rule in Pakistan.

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