Women Autobiographers

Women autobiographers

  • Aagot Raaen
    Aagot Raaen was an American author and educator.
  • Ada Cherry Kearton
    Ada Cherry Kearton was a South African classical soprano who sang in concert and oratorio. She made her London debut in 1907 and retired from the stage shortly before her marriage in 1922 to the English wildlife photographer Cherry Kearton.
  • Ada F. Kay
    Ada F. Kay, also known as A.J. Stewart, is a British writer with a particularly complex personal history. She grew up in Lancashire but lived much of her adult life in Scotland.
  • Adeline Yen Mah Adeline Yen Mah
    Adeline Yen Mah is a Chinese-American author and physician. She grew up in Tianjin, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and is known for her autobiography Falling Leaves. She is married to Professor Robert A. Mah with whom she has a daughter, and a son from a previous marriage.
  • Adrienne Clarkson
    Adrienne Louise Clarkson is a Hong Kong-born Canadian journalist, politician, and stateswoman who served as Governor General of Canada, the 26th since Canadian Confederation.
  • Agneta Horn Agneta Horn
    Agneta Horn was a Swedish writer born to noble parents and a military father. She traveled a great deal throughout Europe in her lifetime as a result of living in a military family and later marrying another soldier. She is most known for writing her autobiography, Agneta Horns leverne.
  • Agnetha Fältskog Agnetha Fältskog
    Agnetha Åse Fältskog is a Swedish musician, singer, songwriter, actress, and author.
  • Alexandra Voronin
    Alexandra Andreevna Voronin was Vidkun Quisling's first wife; he was the leader of Nasjonal Samling, the political party which collaborated with the German occupational force in Norway during World War II.
  • Alice Masak French
    Alice Masak French is a Ninatakmuit Inuit author who lived in Souris, Manitoba, Canada. An Inuvialuit she was born at Baillie Island in the Northwest Territories. Her work focuses on the experiences of Inuit women, and discusses the struggle to hold on to Native tradition.
  • Alice Roosevelt Longworth Alice Roosevelt Longworth
    Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth was an American writer and prominent socialite. She was the eldest child of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and the only child of Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee.
  • Alice Timander Alice Timander
    Alice Ingegärd Marianne Timander was a Swedish dentist, but was better known as an entertainer and a Swedish red carpet queen at Stockholm theatre premieres.
  • Ali MacGraw Ali MacGraw
    Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw is an American actress, model, author, and animal rights activist. She first gained attention with her role in the 1969 film Goodbye, Columbus, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
  • Althea Gibson Althea Gibson
    Althea Gibson was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title.
  • Alys Robi Alys Robi
    Alice Robitaille, from Quebec City, "petite Alys", was a French Canadian singer mainly remembered for her later French interpretations of Latin American songs, who performed under the stage name Alys Robi.
  • Amanda Berenguer
    Amanda Berenguer was a Uruguayan poet.
  • Amanda Lindhout Amanda Lindhout
    Amanda Lindhout is a Canadian humanitarian, public speaker and journalist. On August 23, 2008, she and members of her entourage were kidnapped by Islamist insurgents in southern Somalia. She was released 15 months later on November 25, 2009, and has since embarked on a philanthropic career.
  • Amelia Bence Amelia Bence
    Amelia Bence was an Argentine film actress and one of the divas of the Golden Age of Argentine Cinema.
  • Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr was a British novelist and teacher. Her career is an illustration of the capacity of woman under stress of sorrow to conquer the world and be successful. Many of the plots of her stories are laid in Scotland and England.
  • Amina Tyler
    Amina Tyler is a Tunisian student, women's rights activist, and was a member of FEMEN.
  • Amrita Pritam Amrita Pritam
    Amrita Pritam was an Indian writer and poet, who wrote in Punjabi and Hindi. She is considered the first prominent woman Punjabi poet, novelist, and essayist, and the leading 20th-century poet of the Punjabi language, who is equally loved on both sides of the India-Pakistan border.
  • Amy Fisher Amy Fisher
    Amy Elizabeth Fisher is an American woman who became known as "the Long Island Lolita" by the media in 1992, when, at the age of 17, she shot and severely wounded Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her illicit lover, Joey Buttafuoco.
  • Andrée Blouin
    Andrée Blouin was an activist and writer from the Central African Republic.
  • Angela Davis Angela Davis
    Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Angie Bowie
    Angela Bowie is an American model, actress and journalist who, along with her ex-husband David Bowie, influenced the glam rock culture and fashion of the 1970s, in part by demonstrating openness about personal bisexuality.
  • Angna Enters Angna Enters
    Anita "Angna" Enters was a dancer, mime, painter, writer, novelist and playwright.
  • Anita Hill
    Anita Faye Hill is an American attorney and academic. She is a University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University and a faculty member of Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
  • Anna Howard Shaw Anna Howard Shaw
    Anna Howard Shaw was a leader of the women's suffrage movement in the United States. She was also a physician and one of the first ordained female Methodist ministers in the United States.
  • Anna Kendrick
    Anna Cooke Kendrick is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actor in theater productions. Her first prominent role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
  • Ann Eliza Young Ann Eliza Young
    Ann Eliza Young also known as Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young Denning was one of Brigham Young's fifty-five wives and later a critic of polygamy. She spoke out against the suppression of women and was an advocate for women's rights during the 19th century.
  • Annette Funicello Annette Funicello
    Annette Joanne Funicello was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club.
  • Aoua Kéita
    Aoua Kéita was a Malian independence activist, politician and writer.
  • Arlene Francis Arlene Francis
    Arlene Francis was an American actress, radio and television talk show host, and game show panelist.
  • Armine von Tempski
    Armine von Tempski was an American writer and one of Hawaii's best known authors. She was a granddaughter of Gustavus von Tempsky.
  • Assata Shakur Assata Shakur
    Assata Olugbala Shakur, is a former member of the Black Liberation Army, a black nationalist urban guerrilla group, who was convicted in 1977 of the first-degree murder, under New Jersey's "aiding and abetting" statute, of State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike...
  • Astrid Roemer
    Astrid Heligonda Roemer is a writer and teacher from Suriname living in the Netherlands.
  • Audrey McLaughlin Audrey McLaughlin
    Audrey Marlene McLaughlin, was leader of Canada's New Democratic Party from 1989 to 1995.
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete who achieved a great deal of success in golf, basketball, baseball and track and field. She won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Summer Olympics, before turning to professional golf and winning 10 LPGA major championships.
  • Bahinabai Bahinabai
    Bahinabai or Bahina or Bahini is a Varkari female-saint from Maharashtra, India. She is considered as a disciple of another Varkari poet-saint Tukaram.
  • Barbara Hammer Barbara Hammer
    Barbara Hammer is an American feminist filmmaker known for being one of the pioneers of lesbian film whose career has spanned over 40 years. Hammer is known for creating experimental films dealing with women's issues such as gender roles, lesbian relationships and coping with aging and family.
  • Barbara Payton Barbara Payton
    Barbara Lee Payton was an American film actress best known for her stormy social life and eventual battles with alcohol and drug addiction.
  • Belva Davis Belva Davis
    Belva Davis is an American television and radio journalist. She is the first African-American woman to become a television reporter on the U.S. West Coast. She has won eight Emmy Awards and been recognized by the American Women in Radio and Television and National Association of Black Journalists.
  • Bethany Hamilton Bethany Hamilton
    Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off but who ultimately returned to—and was victorious in—professional surfing.
  • Betty Bentley Beaumont
    Betty Bentley Beaumont was a 19th-century British author, merchant, cotton factor and hotel owner. After immigrating to the United States, she became a successful merchant of Woodville, Mississippi.
  • Beverly Sills Beverly Sills
    Beverly Sills was an American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 1950s and 1970s. Although she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet and Verdi, she was known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in live opera and recordings.
  • Binodini Dasi Binodini Dasi
    Binodini Dasi, also known as Notee Binodini, was a Calcutta-based, Bengali-speaking renowned actress and thespian. She started acting at the age of 12 and ended by the time she was 23, as she later recounted in her noted autobiography, Amar Katha published in 1913.
  • Bobbie Brown
    Bobbie Jean Brown, sometimes credited as Bobbie Brown-Lane, is an American actress, model and former beauty pageant contestant. She is best known for her appearance in the video for Warrant's glam metal anthem "Cherry Pie" and the cover of the album of the same name.
  • Bonnie Tiburzi
    Bonnie Tiburzi, is an American aviator. In 1973, at age 24, she became the first female pilot for American Airlines and the first female pilot for a major American commercial airline.
  • Britt Ekland Britt Ekland
    Britt Ekland is a Swedish film, stage, and television actress, and singer.
  • Buchi Emecheta
    Florence Onyebuchi "Buchi" Emecheta OBE was a Nigerian-born British novelist, based in the UK from 1962, who also wrote plays and autobiography, as well as work for children.
  • Buwei Yang Chao
    Buwei Yang Chao was an American Chinese physician and writer of recipes and was married to linguist Yuen Ren Chao. She was one of the first women to practice Western medicine in China.
  • Carole Simpson
    Carole Simpson is an American broadcast journalist, news anchor, and author.
  • Carolina Gynning Carolina Gynning
    Carolina Gynning Nilsson is a Swedish glamour model, actress, author, jewelry designer and television presenter. She started her career as a model at age sixteen. She entered the Big Brother house in 2004 and emerged as the winner of that season.
  • Catherine Davies (governess)
    Catherine Davies, was an English Governess and autobiographer. She served as governess to Joachim Murat and Caroline Bonaparte, who were the King and Queen of Naples. Davies later sold her story in a book in 1841.
  • Catherine Helen Spence Catherine Helen Spence
    Catherine Helen Spence was a Scottish-born Australian author, teacher, journalist, politician, leading suffragist, and Georgist. In 1897 she became Australia's first female political candidate after standing for the Federal Convention held in Adelaide.
  • Charity Waciuma
    Charity Waciuma is a Kenyan writer, who wrote several novels for adolescents and an autobiographical novel, Daughter of Mumbi. Her work draws on Kikuyu legends and storytelling traditions. In the 1960s Waciuma and Grace Ogot became the first Kenyan women writers to be published in English.
  • Charlotte Kerr Charlotte Kerr
    Charlotte Kerr was a German director, film producer, actress, writer and journalist.
  • Charlotte Valandrey
    Charlotte Valandrey is a French actress. After early success she was widely tipped for stardom, but her career took a more modest course until the release of her autobiography in 2005.
  • Charlotte von Mahlsdorf Charlotte von Mahlsdorf
    Charlotte von Mahlsdorf was the founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf.
  • Cheryl B
    Cheryl Burke, known professionally as Cheryl B, was an American journalist, spoken word poet, performance artist and playwright, associated with the East Village arts scene in New York City.
  • Chris Costner Sizemore Chris Costner Sizemore
    Christine "Chris" Costner Sizemore was an American woman who, in the 1950s, was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, now known as dissociative identity disorder.
  • Claire Drainie Taylor
    Claire Drainie Taylor, née Wodlinger was a Canadian actor and writer, who wrote and acted in radio and television productions for CBC Radio from the 1930s through the 1960s.
  • Clarissa Caldwell Lathrop
    Clarissa Caldwell Lathrop was an American reformer and autobiographer. Her prominence came from her remarkable experience, being confined and unlawfully imprisoned in the Utica Lunatic Asylum for 26 months, through a plot of a secret enemy to kill her.
  • Claude Jade Claude Jade
    Claude Marcelle Jorré, better known as Claude Jade, was a French actress. She is known for starring as Christine in François Truffaut's three films Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board and Love on the Run. Jade acted in theatre, film and television.
  • Clea Koff Clea Koff
    Clea Koff is a British-born American forensic anthropologist and author who worked several years for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, and in 2000 in Kosovo.
  • Colleen Moore Colleen Moore
    Colleen Moore was an American film actress who began her career during the silent film era. Moore became one of the most fashionable stars of the era and helped popularize the bobbed haircut.
  • Cupcake Brown Cupcake Brown
    Cupcake Brown is an American author and a lawyer.
  • Cybill Shepherd Cybill Shepherd
    Cybill Lynne Shepherd is an American actress, singer and former model.
  • Dagny Tande Lid
    Dagny Tande Lid was a Norwegian painter, illustrator and poet. She is most noted for her drawings of plants and is known for her own illustrated poetry collections, and for her botanical illustrations of Norwegian postage stamps.
  • Dawn Fraser Dawn Fraser
    Dawn Fraser, is an Australian freestyle champion swimmer and former politician. She is one of only three swimmers to have won the same Olympic event three times – in her case the women's 100-metre freestyle.
  • Debbie Reynolds Debbie Reynolds
    Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian, and mother of the actress and writer Carrie Fisher.
  • Deborah Grey Deborah Grey
    Deborah Cleland Grey, is a Canadian former Member of Parliament from Alberta for the Reform Party of Canada, the Canadian Alliance, and the Conservative Party of Canada. She was the first female Leader of the Opposition in Canadian history.
  • Debra Byrne
    Debra Anne Byrne, formerly billed as Debbie Byrne, is an Australian pop singer, actress and entertainer. From April 1971 to March 1975 she was a founding cast member of Young Talent Time.
  • Dominique Rolin
    Dominique Rolin was a Belgian novelist.
  • Doris McCarthy Doris McCarthy
    Doris McCarthy, CM, O.Ont was a Canadian artist specializing in abstracted landscapes.
  • Dorothy Allred Solomon
    Dorothy Allred Solomon is an American author and educator committed to informing people about the pros and cons of polygamous lifestyles.
  • Dorothy Proctor
    Dorothy Proctor is a Canadian author and activist noted for drawing attention to scientific experimentation on Canadian prisoners.
  • Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore
    Drew Blythe Barrymore is an American actress, author, director, model and producer. She is a member of the Barrymore family of American stage and film actors, and a granddaughter of actor John Barrymore.
  • Durga Khote Durga Khote
    Durga Khote was an Indian actress, starting as one of the foremost leading ladies of her times, she remained active in Hindi and Marathi cinema, as well as theatre, for over 50 years, starring in around 200 films and numerous theatre productions.
  • Edith Bruck
    Edith Bruck is a Hungarian-born writer and director who has lived most of her life in Italy and writes in Italian.
  • Elena Arizmendi Mejia
    Elena Arizmendi Mejía was a Mexican woman who established the Neutral White Cross organization during the Mexican Revolution.
  • Elena Torres
    Elena Torres Cuéllar was a leading Mexican revolutionary, feminist, progressive educator and writer. A member of the communist party, in 1917 she was the only woman to participate on behalf of the Liga Central de Resistencia at the first meeting of the Yucatán Socialist Party in Mérida.
  • Elisabeth Granneman Elisabeth Granneman
    Elisabeth Granneman was a Norwegian singer, songwriter, children's writer and actress. She played at the revue theatre Chat Noir from 1960, where she first achieved popularity with Bias Bernhoft's song "Omatt og omatt" in 1961. Her film debut was in Sønner av Norge from 1961.
  • Elizabeth Ashley Elizabeth Ashley
    Elizabeth Ashley is an American actress of theatre, film, and television. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards, winning once in 1962 for Take Her, She's Mine.
  • Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
    Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was a labor leader, activist, and feminist who played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World. Flynn was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union and a visible proponent of women's rights, birth control, and women's suffrage.
  • Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed
    Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed, usually known after her third marriage as Mrs Aubrey Le Blond and to her climbing friends as Lizzie Le Blond, was a British pioneer of mountaineering in a time when it was almost unheard of for a woman to climb mountains.
  • Elizabeth Wurtzel Elizabeth Wurtzel
    Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel is an American writer and journalist, known for publishing her best-selling memoir Prozac Nation, at the age of 26. She holds a BA in comparative literature from Harvard College and a JD from Yale Law School.
  • Eliza Fletcher
    Eliza Fletcher, née Dawson was a British autobiographer and early travel writer.
  • Eliza Potter
    Eliza Potter was an African-American hairdresser in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1859 she published her autobiography, A Hairdresser's Experience In High Life.
  • Ellen Kuzwayo
    Nnoseng Ellen Kate Kuzwayo was a women's rights activist and politician in South Africa. She was president of the African National Congress Youth League in the 1960s. In 1994 she was elected to the first post-apartheid South African Parliament. Her autobiography, Call Me Woman, won the CNA Prize.
  • Erika Mann Erika Mann
    Erika Julia Hedwig Mann was a German actress and writer. She was the eldest daughter of the novelist Thomas Mann and his wife Katia.
  • Esther Williams Esther Williams
    Esther Jane Williams was an American competitive swimmer and actress.
  • Ethel Smyth Ethel Smyth
    Dame Ethel Mary Smyth, DBE was an English composer and a member of the women's suffrage movement. Smyth was born in Sidcup, Kent, which is now in the London Borough of Bexley, as the fourth of a family of eight children.
  • Etterlene DeBarge
    Etterlene Louise DeBarge–Rodriguez is an American gospel singer, songwriter, and matriarch of the American R&B/Soul vocal group DeBarge.
  • Evelyn Sharp (suffragist) Evelyn Sharp (suffragist)
    Evelyn Jane Sharp was a key figure in two major British women's suffrage societies, the militant Women's Social and Political Union and the United Suffragists. She helped found the latter and became editor of Votes for Women during the First World War.
  • Florentia Sale Florentia Sale
    Florentia Sale was an Englishwoman who travelled the world while married to her husband, Sir Robert Henry Sale, a British army officer.
  • Florynce Kennedy Florynce Kennedy
    Florynce Rae "Flo" Kennedy was an American lawyer, feminist, civil rights advocate, lecturer and activist.
  • Francisca Josefa de la Concepción Francisca Josefa de la Concepción
    Mother Francisca Josefa de la Concepción, O.S.C., was a Criolla nun and mystic in the region of New Spain which later became Colombia. The first recorded woman writer of Colombia, her devotional and autobiographical writings were published posthumously.
  • Gabby Douglas Gabby Douglas
    Gabrielle Christina Victoria "Gabby" Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. She was a member of the United States women's national gymnastics team, dubbed the Fierce Five by the media, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she won gold medals in the individual all-around and team competitions.
  • Geraldine Ferraro Geraldine Ferraro
    Geraldine Anne "Gerry" Ferraro was an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician, and a member of the United States House of Representatives. In 1984, she was the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major American political party.
  • Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein
    Gertrude Stein was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life.
  • Gisella Perl
    Gisella Perl was a Romanian Jewish gynecologist deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, where she helped hundreds of women as inmate gynecologist without the bare necessities to perform her work.
  • Gladys Waddingham Gladys Waddingham
    Gladys Waddingham, a Spanish teacher at Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California, for 45 years, was the author of many books about her adopted city.
  • Gunilla Gerland Gunilla Gerland
    Gunilla Gerland, born 1963 in Stockholm, is an author, lecturer and debater on the topic of Asperger syndrome.
  • Gwen Moffat
    Gwen Moffat is a British climber and writer.
  • Gwen Raverat Gwen Raverat
    Gwen Mary Raverat, née Darwin, was an English wood engraver who was a founder member of the Society of Wood Engravers. Her memoir Period Piece was published in 1952.
  • Harmony Dust
    Harmony Star Dust is an American social activist for women who worked in the sex industry.
  • Heather Jenner
    Heather Jenner was a matchmaker, who ran a marriage bureau, called "The Marriage Bureau", in Bond Street, Mayfair, London.
  • Helen Corke
    Helen Corke was an English writer. As a schoolteacher in Croydon, she became acquainted with D. H. Lawrence, and her diary served as the inspiration for Lawrence's second novel The Trespasser.
  • Helen Wills Helen Wills
    Helen Newington Wills, also known as Helen Wills Moody and Helen Wills Roark, was an American tennis player. She became famous around the world for holding the top position in women's tennis for a total of nine years: 1927–33, 1935 and 1938.
  • Helen Wilson (writer)
    Helen Mary Wilson was a New Zealand teacher, farmer, community leader and writer. She was born in Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand in 1869.
  • Hideko Takamine Hideko Takamine
    Hideko Takamine was a Japanese actress who began as a child actor and maintained her fame in a career that spanned half a century.
  • Hildegard Knef Hildegard Knef
    Hildegard Frieda Albertine Knef was a German actress, singer and writer. She was billed in some English language films as Hildegard Neff or Hildegarde Neff.
  • Hillary Clinton
    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician who was the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, U.S. Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001 and the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States in the...
  • Hope Cooke Hope Cooke
    Hope Cooke is an American woman who was the "Gyalmo" of the 12th Chogyal of Sikkim, Palden Thondup Namgyal. Their wedding took place in March 1963. She was termed Her Highness The Crown Princess of Sikkim and became the Gyalmo of Sikkim at Palden Thondup Namgyal's coronation in 1965.
  • Ida Pruitt
    Ida Pruitt, bi-cultural social worker, author, speaker, interpreter and 20th century contributor to Sino-American understanding.
  • Ika Hügel-Marshall
    Erika "Ika" Hügel-Marshall is an Afro-German author and activist. She helped found the organization ADEFRA and the Afro-Deutsch movement. Her autobiography, Daheim unterwegs, discusses racism in Germany and her search for a family identity.
  • Ingrid Bergman Ingrid Bergman
    Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, and the Tony Award for Best Actress.
  • Irina Tweedie
    Irina Tweedie was a Russian-British Sufi and teacher of the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiya order.
  • Isadora Duncan Isadora Duncan
    Angela Isadora Duncan was an American dancer who performed to acclaim throughout Europe. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 49 or 50, when her scarf became entangled in the wheels and axle of the car in which she was riding.
  • Ivy Dumont Ivy Dumont
    Dame Ivy Leona Dumont, DCMG, was the sixth Governor-General of the Bahamas.
  • Janaki Devi Bajaj
    Janaki Devi Bajaj was an Indian independence activist who was jailed for participating in Civil Disobedience Movement in 1932.
  • Janet Merlo
    Janet Merlo joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1991 and was transferred to British Columbia. In 2007, she filed a lawsuit against the RCMP for what she described as almost daily harassment. In 2010, she took a medical discharge from the police service.
  • Jane Walsh
    Jane Walsh was an English textile worker and writer. She was born c. 1905 in the slums of Oldham northern England. Walsh lived through the hard times of depression, mass unemployment, and suffering of '20 and '30. Her husband Charlie worked as well in the textile industry.
  • Jennifer Finney Boylan
    Jennifer Finney Boylan is an American author and political activist. In 2014 she joined the faculty of Barnard College of Columbia University as the Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence, having previously been professor of English at Colby College in Maine. She is a trans woman.
  • Jessica Watson Jessica Watson
    Jessica Watson, OAM is an Australian sailor who was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for completing a southern hemisphere solo circumnavigation at the age of 16.
  • Jill Ireland Jill Ireland
    Jill Dorothy Ireland was an English actress and singer, best known for her many films with her second husband, Charles Bronson.
  • Joan Givner Joan Givner
    Joan Givner is an essayist, biographer, and novelist, known for her biographies of women, short stories, and the Ellen Fremendon series of novels for younger readers that was finalist for the Silver Birch Awards, the 2006 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award for Ellen Fremedon, and the Diamond...
  • Johanna Dorothea Lindenaer
    Johanna Dorothea Lindenaer, also Johanna Dorothea Zoutelande or Madame de Zoutelandt, was a Dutch writer, memoirist and translator. She was also a suspected traitor as a suspected spy.
  • Johanna Kinkel Johanna Kinkel
    Johanna Kinkel was a German composer, writer, and revolutionary.
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer
    Judith Ortiz Cofer was a Puerto Rican American author. Her critically acclaimed and award-winning work spans a range of literary genres including poetry, short stories, autobiography, essays, and young-adult fiction.
  • Judy Cornwell Judy Cornwell
    Judy Valerie Cornwell is an English actress best known for her large role as Daisy in the highly successful British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. She also played Anya Claus in the 1985 film Santa Claus: The Movie.
  • Julia A. Tevis
    Julia A. Tevis was a pioneer educator of women from Kentucky. After teaching for several years in Virginia, she founded the Science Hill Female Academy in Shelbyville and led the institution to gain a national reputation for excellence.
  • Juliana Hatfield Juliana Hatfield
    Juliana Hatfield is an American musician and singer-songwriter from the Boston area. She was formerly of the indie rock bands Blake Babies, Some Girls, and The Lemonheads and now performs as a solo artist and as one half of Minor Alps alongside Matthew Caws of Nada Surf.
  • Kate Smith Kate Smith
    Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, known professionally as Kate Smith and The First Lady of Radio, was an American singer, a contralto, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America".
  • Katharine Furse
    Dame Katharine Furse, GBE, RRC, founder of the English Voluntary Aid Detachment force, was the daughter of the poet and critic John Addington Symonds and Janet Catherine North. Her aunt was the painter Marianne North.
  • Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin
    Kathleen Mary Griffin is an American stand-up comedian and actress. She has starred in several comedy specials for cable TV and has released several comedy albums. In 2007 and 2008, Griffin won Primetime Emmy Awards for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.
  • Katy Perry Katy Perry
    Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, known professionally as Katy Perry, is an American singer and songwriter. After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager.
  • Kelly Flinn
    Kelly Flinn was the first female B-52 pilot in the United States Air Force.
  • Kim Campbell Kim Campbell
    Avril Phaedra Douglas "Kim" Campbell is a Canadian politician, diplomat, lawyer and writer who served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada, from June 25, 1993, to November 4, 1993.
  • Krishna Hutheesing Krishna Hutheesing
    Krishna Nehru Hutheesing was an Indian writer, the youngest sister of Jawaharlal Nehru and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, and part of the Nehru-Gandhi family.
  • Kristen Johnston Kristen Johnston
    Kristen Johnston is an American stage, film, and television actress. She is most famous for her role as Sally Solomon in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun. She also starred as Wilma Flintstone in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas and as Holly Franklin in the sitcom The Exes.
  • LaDonna Harris
    LaDonna Vita Tabbytite Harris is a Comanche Native American social activist and politician from Oklahoma. She is the founder and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity.
  • Lady Colin Campbell
    Georgia Arianna, Lady Colin Campbell is a Jamaican-born British writer, socialite, and television and radio personality. She has published three books about the British Royal Family.
  • Lady Constance Malleson Lady Constance Malleson
    Lady Constance Malleson was a British writer and actress. The daughter of Hugh Annesley, 5th Earl Annesley, Malleson studied at the Royal Academy of Drama Art and was a popular theater performer.
  • Lady Randolph Churchill Lady Randolph Churchill
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  • LaShun Pace
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