March 8 is International Women’s Day, calling for a fitting homage to all the badass women of all ages and status in the world. We have selected a list of extraordinary women that have made a big difference in the literary world for their brazenness and not-a-care-in-the-world demeanor.
This list from a Flavorwire article by Judy Berman should brim with an endless lineup, considering the many legendary women of letters. Unfortunately, we can only accommodate a limited number. This, however, doesn’t make any of all these women’s achievements and influences any trivial.
Cheers to all the women rolling with the punches!
1. Sappho (7th Century BC)
The influential female lyric poetess from Greece has inspired the terms “lesbian” (derived from her birthplace, the Island of Lesbos) and “saphhic” referring to female homosexuality.
… Sappho didn’t just write love poems to people of both sexes — she also ran an academy for young, unmarried ladies that was dedicated to the cults of Eros and Aphrodite, and rumor has it that she was the object of some serious girl-on-girl worship, too.
2. George Sand (1804-1876)
Apart from adopting a male pseudonym, Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin (her birth name) favored comfort over fashion. The 19th-century female author ditched elaborate Victorian-era gowns for men’s garments, which she donned in public. She also married at the young age of 19 and divorced at 28.
3. Colette (1873-1954)
She was said to have published her controversial and scandalous-for-its-time debut novels “Claudine” series under her bisexual writer husband’s name. The French novelist got married thrice, committed infidelity with her second husband’s son, and engaged in same-sex relationships.
4. Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
The American writer of transgressive poetry and plays well represented her art as she walked her talk. The feminist activist also basked in bisexual and open relationships.
5. Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
With an innate, biting wit softening the blows of her sharp tongue, the 20th-century American novelist, screenwriter, poet, and critic has remained influential even in popular culture. She was married three times, had numerous affairs, and drank excessively. When asked if she’d join Alcoholics Anonymous, she replied, “Certainly not. They want me to stop now.”
More badass women of literature are presented in the sequel of this Xlibris Author Advice.