1.Maria Gaetana Agnesi (B:May 16,1718;D:January 9,1799)
was an Italian mathematician, philosopher,theologian and
humanitarian. She was the first woman to write a mathematics
handbook and the first woman appointed as a mathematics
professor at a university.
2.Barbara Taylor Bradford (B:May 10,1933) is a best selling
British-American novelist. Her debut novel, ”A Woman of
Substance”was published in 1979 and has sold over 30 million
3.Mary Wollstonecraft (B:April 27,1759;D:September 10,1797)
was an English writer, philosopher and advocate of women’s
rights. She wrote novels,treatises, a travel narrative, a history
of French Revolution, a conduct book and a children’s book.
4.Rebecca Walker(B:November 17,1969) is an American writer.
She was an integral part in founding the Third Wave Fund.
The mission of the organization was to mobilize young
people to become involved socially and politically in their
communities.The Fund was turned into a foundation in
1997 and still continues to support young activists.
5.Tirumale Rajamma,(B:November 20,1900) well known
with the pen name ”Bharati”,was an accomplished singer
and writer.She played Veena.
6.Shakuntala Devi (B:November 4, 1929;D:April 21,2013)
was an Indian writer and mental calculator,
popularly known as the ”human computer”.A child prodigy,
her talent earned her a place in 1982 edition of The Guinness
Book of World Records.
7.Sitara Devi(B:November 8,1920;D:November 25,2014) was
an eminent Indian dancer of the classical Kathak style of dancing.
She is described as the Kathak Queen.
8.Jayadevi Taayi Ligade (B:1912,June 23;D:1986,July 25)is a
prominent woman writer of Karnataka. She created history
in 1974, by becoming the first woman writer to preside over
the 48th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana. She fought for joining
Sholapur to Karnataka. She was a bilingual(Kannada and Marathi)
writer. She wrote ”Sri Siddarameshwara Purana”, a long poem.
9.B.Prabha,(B:1933;D:2001) was an Indian artist. Her works found
perennial theme in the lives of rural women of Rajasthan. By the
time of her death, her works had been shown in over 50 exhibitions.
Her works of art are found in National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.
10.Gangadevi was a Telugu princess and poetess in the Vijayanagar Empire
during the 14th century. She was the first woman writer in Sanskrit, poetess and historian .She composed Sanskrit poem known as ”Madhura Vijayam”
She was the wife of Kumara Kampanna II.
11.Tirumalamba, a poetess of Vijayanagar Empire, wrote
”Varadambica Parinayam” in Sanskrit. She wrote a number of
poems invoking Kannadaness(love for Kannada) and the Kannada
12. Jyotirmayee Devi(January 23,1894-1988) was an Indian writer in the early
20th century. She is best known for her short stories which have
a wonderfully understated dry wit and sharp sociological observation.
13.Zubeida Begum,(1911-1988) was the first Indian talkie actress in
the film, ”Alam Ara”. She was the daughter of Nawab of Sachin
and Fatima Begum.Fatima Begum was one of the early super stars
in Indian cinema and India’s first female film director.
14.Murasaki Shikibu(973AD to 1014AD) was a Japanese novelist
and poet during Japan’s glorious Heian period.”The Tale of Genji”
composed by her is considered to be one of the finest and earliest novels.
15.Anna Bissel(B:December 2,1846;D:November 8, 1943) was the
first female C.E.O. of The Bissel Company (U.S.A.)which produced
sweepers and later vacuums.