Another Non-Birthday Doodle

Back in October, I wrote a special post when Google posted two Doodles honoring the anniversary of famous publications (Moby Dick and Little Nemo). Neither of these Doodles “counted” for my statistics, since I only keep track of Doodles that honor individual people (on their birthdays). These Doodles specifically honored creations, instead of their creators; I explain more about my approach here, in a post from this summer.

The same is true today, when Google is honoring the 200th anniversary of the publication of Grimm’s Fairy Tales (but not the birthday of either of the Brothers Grimm). This time, in response, I thought it would be neat to share with you a list of amazing female writers from history. Each of them has made big contributions to literature and culture, but none have been honored with a Doodle. Without further ado, just a simple list of amazing creators and innovators:

Akazome Emon (Japanese poet)
Louisa May Alcott (American author of Little Women)
Ban Zhao (Chinese historian)
Simone de Beauvoir (French writer, philosopher, and social theorist)
Aphra Behn (English dramatist)
Elizabeth Bishop (American Poet Laureate and short story writer)
María Luisa Bombal (Chilean author)
Erma Bombeck (American humorist and columnist)
Gertrude Simmons Bonnin/Zitkala-Ša (Native American Sioux writer)
Gwendolyn Brooks (American poet)
Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë (British novelists)
Anne Bradstreet (American Colonial poet)
Octavia Butler (American science fiction writer)
Frances Hodgson Burnett (English author of The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy)
Pearl S. Buck (American author)
Willa Cather (American author
Subhadra Kumari Chauhan (Indian poet)
Lydia Maria Child (American activist, novelist, journalist and writer of Over the River and Through the Woods)
Kate Chopin (American author of short stories and novels, including The Awakening)
Emily Dickinson (American poet)
Mary Mapes Dodge (American children’s author of Hans Brinker)
George Eliot (English novelist)
Fumiko Enchi (Japanese playwright and novelist)
Louise Fitzhugh (American author of Harriet the Spy)
Anne Frank (diarist)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (American novelist, poet, and short story writer)
Heo Nanseolheon (Korean poet)
Julia Howe (American poet and author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic)
Ho Xuan Huong (Vietnamese classical poet)
Zora Neale Hurston (American folklorist and author of Their Eyes Were Watching God)
Shirley Jackson (American author of The Lottery)
Harriet Ann Jacobs (American author of the memoir Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl)
Helen Keller (American author and activist)
Emma Lazarus (American poet and author of The New Colossus)
Madeleine L’Engle (American novelist and author of A Wrinkle in Time)
Astrid Lindgren (Swedish children’s author of Pippi Longstocking)
Mahsati Ganjavi (12th century Persian poet)
Anne McCaffrey (American-born Irish science fiction writer)
Edna St. Vincent Millay (American lyrical poet and playwright)
Gabriela Mistral/Lucila Godoy Alcayaga (Chilean poet and winner of the Nobel Prize)
Margaret Mitchell (American author of Gone With the Wind)
Lucy Maud Montgomery (Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables)
Murasaki Shikibu (Japanese novelist and poet)
Sarojini Naidu (Indian poet)
Anaïs Nin (French-Cuban novelist, memoirist, and essayist)
Silvina Ocampo (Argentine poet and short fiction writer)
Flannery O’Connor (American Southern Gothic writer and essayist)
Baroness Emma Orczy (Hungarian-British novelist, playwright, and author of The Scarlet Pimpernel)
Nettie Palmer (Australian poet, essayist, critic and promoter of women’s literature)
Dorothy Parker (American poet, short story writer, critic, satirist, and member of the Algonquin Round Table)
Sylvia Plath (American poet and novelist; author of The Bell Jar)
Emily Post (American author and etiquette maven)
Qiu Jin (Chinese writer)
Ayn Rand (Russian-American novelist and philosopher)
Ellen Raskin (American children’s book author and illustrator)
Jean Rhys (Dominican novelist and author of Wide Sargasso Sea)
Christina Rossetti (English poet)
Sappho (Greek lyric poet)
Dorothy L. Sayers (English crime novelist)
Anna Sewell (English novelist and author of Black Beauty)
Muriel Spark (Scottish novelist and author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)
Johanna Spyri (Swiss children’s author of Heidi)
Harriet Beecher Stowe (American author)
Jane Taylor (English poet and author of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Sara Teasdale (American lyrical poet)
Yvonne Vera (Zimbabwean novelist)
Edith Wharton (American novelist and short story writer)
Laura Ingalls Wilder (AMerican writer of the Little House series)
Virginia Woolf (American modernist novelist)

In case the list itself doesn’t make the point: there is really no shortage of female writers (or their works) for Google to honor. Really.


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