2018 INFO


CLAIMS ARE CLOSED FOR 2018.  All the information is below for this year’s playwrights.  We do this every year. 🙂

Welcome 2018 playwrights! We are entering our fifth year of writing pieces about 365 historical women a year! We would love to have you write with us! All of the information on how to participate is below.

In honor of our fifth year, we are allowing you to write about ANY woman in history, even if it is someone we have already covered.  Normally, we do not take duplicates as our quest is to write about 365 NEW women a year.  However, we also think it is very important to have different perspectives on each of these women.  This will happen every fifth year.

Below you will find:

-Directions to Participate


-A list of women who have not yet been covered. (While we are taking duplicates this year, we would love for most of our playwrights to continue the quest of finding new women who need to be written about. You do not have to stick to this list. )

PLAYS DUE DECEMBER 31, 2018 (There are no extensions.)

DIRECTIONS TO PARTICIPATE: Head straight down to step 3 as claims are now closed.

FIRST STEP: Choose a woman or women to write about.  Again, you can choose anyone that existed this year.  If you need ideas, scroll down to the list. We definitely need more women from around the world beyond Europe and the U.S. and women from before the 1700s.

Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the claim form. This year, only claim who you definitely want to write a piece about, since you don’t need to worry about them already being claimed.


SECOND STEP: You will receive a confirmation email.  You are not officially writing about anyone until you have received this confirmation email from 365womenayear@gmail.com. It can take 7-10 days to get a confirmation email depending on the volume of claims we receive.

THIRD STEP: Happy writing.  If at any point throughout the year, you get a hankering to write about someone else, simply fill out a new claim form.

Plays can be any length, any number of characters, any language, any genre (musicals included), and the playwriting format you are most comfortable with.  PLEASE INCLUDE A LIST OF CHARACTERS at the beginning of the play.

FOURTH STEP: Submitting your piece. Please follow the directions, as your piece will not be officially submitted otherwise.

You will email your piece to 365womenayear@gmail.com. Follow the directions below:

(1) In the subject line you will put:  2018/Name of historical woman/Play Title/Page Number/Your Name. (If you have many historical women in your piece, simply write “MANY WOMEN” in place of the name of the historical women in the subject line.)

(2) Include YOUR 100 word playwriting bio in the BODY of the email. (If you have already written with us and do NOT need your bio updated then do not include your bio.)

(3) Write out your historical/play info to be searchable on the website in the following format:

***Each historical woman needs to be listed separately, include ANY existing woman who appears in your piece, even if you didn’t specifically claim them.****


Alexandra David-Neel- “Adventuress Adventurous”(10 pages)/Playwright: Deborah Magid (2018)

Key Words/Occupation:

Alexandra David-Neel (Writer,Explorer,Singer)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

Century they were Born: (If you can’t find exact dates just put the century)

Alexandra David-Neel (1868-1969)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

By Play Info: (just written out once with all the women in history listed after “inspired by”)

“Adventuress Adventurous” by: Deborah Magid (3 characters/10 pages) Inspired by: Alexandra David-Néel (2018)

***Please note, that if you are writing about someone already covered this year, your play info will be listed, but we won’t need the alphabetical/keyword/century as the woman will have already been databased.***  

(4) Attach your play as a PDF and submit!

You can always email us if you have any questions.  Please understand, that your bio won’t be listed on the web site until your play is turned in and processed.


*You can write about as many women as you want and they can all be in the same piece, or separate pieces. It is okay if the piece is simply about the historical woman or women, but they don’t appear.

*Any length welcome from 2 pages-full length. Any number of characters. Any language. Any genre. Musicals included.

*Plays are due Dec 31st of 2018. No extensions.

* You are always allowed to revise your piece.  When you do, email it again with REVISION/Play title/Playwright/Year in the subject line and the revised piece attached as a PDF.

*Women MUST have existed.   *They can be living or dead.   *Our plays are loosely based on these historical figures. *History may have forgotten their name but we know they existed and they need to be covered. This happened often to those enslaved where we have no recording of their actual name.

*Yes, we plan to do this every year.

*You retain ALL rights to your pieces and may submit them anytime and anywhere you want to. When one of your 365 pieces gets produced, we will put it on the web site and tweet about it! Nothing will be done with your play without your discretion. If a theatre wants to produce your piece, we will contact you. While the play info is searchable, interested parties cannot read your piece unless you give permission.

*We have had festivals all over the world and appeared in The Dramatist. We have playwrights from all over the world participating.

Need Ideas?


A- Abena P.A. Busia, Adela Mohseni, Adela Zamudio-Ribero, Adelaide Hall, Adelaide Hermann , Adeline Molamure, Adobogiona the Elder, Aelia Eudocia, Aemilia Scaura, Afag Bashirgyzy, Agnès Humbert, Agrippina, Alberta Hunter, Albertha Madeline Isaacs, Aleda E. Lutz, Alessandra Giliani, Al-Khansa, Alice Ball, Alice Guy Blache, Alice Whitman,  Alika Kinan, Aline Charigot Renoir, Alva Myrdal, Ama Ata Aidoo, Amastris, Ameerah Al Taweel, Aemilia Hilaria , Amina of Zau Zau, Amy Jacques Garvey, Amy Johnson (pilot), Amy Spain, Anahita Ratebzad, Anarcha, Andree Borrel, Angela Dwamena-Aboagye, Angelika Kaufmann,  Anita Alvarez, Anita Faye Hill, Ann duCille, Anna Julia Cooper , Anna Gréki,  Anna Hedgeman, Anna Maria Von Schurman, Annie Easley, Annie Smith Peck, Anne Braden, Ann Lohman, Anne Ofula, Anne Morelli, Annemarie Jacir, Annette Hanshaw, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Annie G. Fox (Lt.), Annie Besant, Anousheh Ansari, Antistia, Antonia (daughter of Mark Antony), Anuradha Koirala, Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, Aretaphila of Cyrene, Arma Senkrah, Ashi Sonam Chhoden Wangchuck, Athenais Philostorgos II, Audre Lorde, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Aygün Kazımova, Ayya Khema, Azita Ghanizada, Aziza Siddiqui

B- Barat Shakinskaya, Barbara Lauwers, Bebe Moore Campbell, Bebe Daniels, Begum Rokeya, Bell Hooks, Berengaria of Portugal, Berenice (daughter of Salome), Bertha “Chippie” Hill, Berthe-Evelyne Agbo, Beryl Nashar,  Bessie Tucker, Beth Rickey, Bette Nesmith Graham, Betty Harris, Betsy Love, Betti Mays, Bettina von Arnim, Betye Saar, Bhikaiji Cama, Bijayalaxmi Nanda, Binda Pandey, Bissan Rafe, Blanche Thompson, Boakyewaa Glover, Buchi Emecheta, Bjork

C- Calrice di Durisio, Camille Doncieux, Caoimhe Butterly, Carroll Chilton, Catalina de Aragon, Catherine “Kitty” Boyd, Catherine de Parthenay, Catherine of Siena, Catherine Garrett, Catharine Duleep Singh, Catherine Helen Spence, Catherine Ndereba, Caecilia Attica, Cecile Pearl Witherington, Cecilia Fire Thunder, Chakaia Booker, Chandra Kalindi Roy-Henriksen, Chandrika Kumaratunga, Charity Kaluki Ngilu, Charlotte Delbo, Charlotte E. Ray,  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chékéba Hachemi, Chiaki Mukai, Chloe Dao, Chien-Shiung Wu, Christa McAuliffe, Christi Warner, Christine Chubbock, Christine Darden, Cissy Cooray, Clara McBride Hale, Clarissa Davis, Claudette Colvin, Claudie Haigneré, Cleoma Falcon, Cleopatra the Alchemis’, Constance Calenda, Constance of Sicily, Corazon Aquino, Corrie Ten Boom, Cory Aquino, Countess of Artois, Cristina Kirchner

D- Dalia Mogahed, Dame Péronelle, Dassine Oult Yemma, Delia Akeley, Delmira Agustini, Diana Raznovich, Diana Rowden, Diane Nash, Dihya (Kahina), Dilara Aliyeva, Dinah Washington, Djamila Bouhired, Djuna Barnes,  Dorotea Bucca, Dorothea Dix, Dorothy Arzner, Dorothy Day, Dorothy Fuldheim

E- Eartha M. M. White, Edda Gachukia, Edith Cowan, Eleanor Marx, Elena Korosteleva, Elisabeth Pepys, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Elizabeth Hubbard, Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard, Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich, Elisabeth Schwarzhaupt, Elisabeth Welch, Elizabeth Cotten, Elizabeth “Betita” Martínez,  Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes, Ella May Wiggins, Ellen DeGeneres,  Ellen Ochoa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Elsie Knocker, Emily Greene Balch, Emperor Wu, Enid Lyons, Essie Honiball, Estelle Akofio-Sowah, Ethel Smyth, Ethel Waters, Etsuko Sugimoto, Etta Moten, Eunice Shriver, Evelyn “Pat” Foote

F- Faeqa bint Saeed Al Saleh, Faith Ringgold, Fanny Durack, Fanny Cochrane Smith, Fariba Nawa, Farida Bedwei, Fatema Akbari, Fatima Jibrell, Fauzia Gailani, Fawzia Koofi, Felice Schragenheim, Feng Yuan (Consort), Fenia Chertkoff de Repetto, Fidelia Fielding, Flannery O’Connor, Flemmie Pansy Kittrell, Flora Brovina, Flora Nwapa, Florence Price, Florence Senanayake, Forough Farrokhzad, Fu (Consort), Fu Mulan, Fulvia

G- Gabrielle Kirk Mcdonald, Gabrielle Weidner, Gail Laughlin, Gamar Almaszadeh, Gawhar Shad of Herat, Gawhar Khatun, Geena Rocero, Geneviève Bergeron, Georgiana Kathleen Symonette, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Germaine Tillion, Gertrude Bell, Gina Din, Glaphyra, Glikl bas Juda Leib, Gisele Rabesahala, Gladwell Otieno, Gladys W. Royal, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Gloria Twine Chisum, Godliver Businger, Golda Meir,  Grace Murray Hopper, Guillemette du Luys

H-  Hadda Brooks, Hadewijch of Antwerp, Hagigat Rzayeva, Hanan al-Shaykh, Hanna Rovina, Hannie Schaft, Harriet Bishop, Harriet Jane Hanson, Harriet Rice, Hawa Abdi, Hayat Sindi, Hayden Panettiere, Hazel Scott, Heidi Rathjen, Helen Caldicott, Helen Hayes, Helen Zia, Helen Humes, Helen Kane, Herneith, Herrad of Landsberg, Himla Soodyal, Hokuma Gurbanova, Houda Nonoo, Hranush Arshagyan, Hulda Shipanga, Huo Chengjun (Empress, Hycinth Curtis

I-  Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa, Iris Chang, Irom Chanu Sharmila, Isabel Gonzalez, Isabel Vargas Lizano, Isabel Martínez de Perón, Isabel Washington, Isabella Blow, Isabella d’Este, Isabella Cortese,  Izinetta Wilcox

J- Jackie Forster, Jacobina Félicie, Jamila Afghani, Jan Ruff O’Herne, Jane Foss Barff, Jane Fonda, Janet Gaynor, Jane Green,  Janka Bryl, Jarena Lee, Jean Macnamara, Jelena Balšić of Zeta, Jessie Isabelle Price, Jewel Plummer Cobb, Joan Baez, JoAnn Tall, Joanne Robinson, Joanelle Romero, Jobyna Ralston, Joanna Baillie, Johanna Benson, Josephine Abaijah, Josephine de Beauharnais, Joy Adamson, Judith Resnik, Judy Blume, Judy Chicago, Julia the Elder, Julia Gillard, Juliana Rotich, Junko Tabei

K- Katherine Dunham, Kathryn Thorne Kelly, Kelsey Leonard (Native American), Khadija Ahrari, Khema, Kholoud Faqih, Khurshidbanu Natavan, Kim Hak-sun, Krystyna Skarbek

L- Lady May (Namibia) Laldyada, Lady Saigō, Lady Triệu (Vietnam), Laetitia Rispel, Lanying Lin, Laura Bassi, Laura Wheeler Waring, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Laurel B. Clark, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, Leyla Badirbeyli, Leyla Mammadbeyova, Leymah Gbowee, Li Yinhe,Lillian Gish, Lillian Glinn (singer), Lise Børsum, Lise Meitner, Liu Huang A-tao, Liu Yang, Loredana Marcello, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Lori Ann Piestewa, Lorna Simpson, Lou Graham, Louise Jota Cook, Louise Lovely, Lubna Olayan, Lucia Moses, Lucie Aubrac, Lucille Ball, Lucinda Fowlkes, Lucrezia Buti, Lulu Hunt Peters, Lulwa Al Awadhi, Lydia Canaan, Lyudmila Pavlichenko

M- Ma Rainey, Madeleine Rees, Madina Gulgun, Mae Jemison, Mae West, Magistra Hersend, Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Mairead Maguire, Malalai Joya, Mama Tingo (Florinda Munoz Soriano), Mamia Chentouf, Mamie Phipps Clark, Mamie Smith, Mandane of Media, Mandukhai Khatun, Marcelline Hemingway Sanford, Margaret Fuller, Margery Kempe, Maria Agnesi, Maria de Agreda, Maria “Belle” Boyd, Marian Wright Edelman, Maria Irene Fornes, María Rosa Luna Henson, Maria Winkelmann, Mariana Drăgescu, Mariam Ghani, Mariama Bâ, Marie-Louise-Taos Amrouche, Marie de Berry, Marie Van Brittan Brown, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie-Hélène Lefaucheux, Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze, Marie-Elise Gbedo, Marigo Posio, Marilou Awiakta, Marilyn Nance, Maritza Correi, Martha Graham, Martha Jefferson, Martha Karua, Marthe Cohn, Mary Brave Bird, Mary Greyeyes-Reid, Mary Ingraham (Bahamas), Mary Kenner, Mary Emily Sinclair, Mary Church Terrell, Mary Wallis, Marzia Basel, Maude Bonney, Maude Grieves, Mauri Lynn, Maxine Sullivan, Maya Ayim, Melisende of Jerusalem, Merit-Ptah, Meta Cardoza, Michele Landsberg, Michelle McLean, Miles Franklin, Mina Wylie, Minnie Riperton, Minnie Hollow Wood, Miriam Makeba, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Mochizuki Chiyomi, Molly Glass, Mona Al Munajjed, Moving Robe Woman, Mu Sochua, Munavvar Kalantarli, Munira Fakhro, Muriel Rahn, Musine Kokalari

N- Nada Haffadh, Nagwa Abdel Meguid, Nahau Rooney, Nancy Khedouri, Naomi Klein, Naomi Lang (skater), Nashwa Eassa, Nasiba Zeynalova, Nasreen Pervin Huq,  Nassira Belloula, Nawal Al Saadawi, Naysum Saravanamuttu, Neeka Shaw, Neithhotep, Nellie Stone Johnson, Nicarete, Nigar Shikhlinskaya, Ninon de Lenclos, Njeri Kabeberi, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, NoViolet Bulawayo, Queen Nyabinghi, Njoki Ndun’gu, Nzinga Mbandi

O- Octavia the Younger, Olive Mary Hilliard, Olivia Murray Chapman, Olga Elena Montaldo Rojas , Ollga Plumbi, Orie Rogo Manduli, Ourida Chouaki

P- Pamela Jelimo, Parashqevi Qiriazi, Park Yeon-mi, Patricia Bath, Patricia Suzanne Cowings, Patience Sampson, Paula Moderson-Becker, Peggy Shippen Arnold, Peggy Whitson, Perpetua (Saint), Philippa Duke Schuyler, Piety Hadley, The Pope Sisters, Princess Senije Zogu, Pritilata Waddedar, Pythias the Elder

Q- Queen Nanny, Qiu Jin

R- Raja Ben Slama, Rani Hamid, Rapelang Rabana, Rebecca Cole, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Rebecca de Guarna, Rena Effendi, Renee Cox, Renee Stout, Rigoberta Menchú, Rita Banerji, Rita Christiani, Roberta Bondar, Rosa Dubovsky, Rosalie Loveling, Rose Mensah Kutin, Rose Williams, Roseanne Keen, Rose Selavy, Rosetta Tharpe, Roxanne Shante, Roya Mahboob, Ruby Bradley (Colonel), Rufaida Al-Aslamia, Ruth Nita Barrow, Ruth Etting, Ruth Winifred Howard, Ruth Buendia Mestoquiari

S- Sabina Yasmin, Sacheen Littlefeather, Safia Ahmed-jan, Sakina Akhundzadeh, Sakena Yacoobi, Samar Mezghani, Samia Al Amoudi, Sandra Cabrera, Savannah Churchill, Sediqa Balkhi, Sei Shonagun, Sevasti Qiriazi, Shaimaa Sabagh, Shanta Chaudhary, Sharon Sayles Belton, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Sheila Guyse, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sheryl Sandberg, Shikishi Naishinno, Shirin Ebadi, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sippie Wallace, Sitara Achakzai, Song Sin-do, Soong Mei-Ling (Madame Chiang), Sonita Alizadeh, Sophia Jex-Blake, Sophia Brahe, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Sophie Podolski, Soraya Salti, Souad Bendjaballah, Souad Massi, Srpouhi Dussap, Suzanne Lilar, Suzanne LaFlesche Picotte, Suzanne Spaak, Suzette Harbin, Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich, Svetlana Savitskaya, Syeda Rizwana Hasan

T- Tahmima Anam, Takyiwaah Manuh, Tan Yunxian, Tarquinia Molza, Tawakkol Karman, Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman, Tebello Nyokong, Teena Ritter, Tegla Chepkite Loroupe, Tessa Prendergast, Therese Humbert, Theresa Mortimer, Thomasia de Mattio, Tikvah Alper, Tituba, Trieu Thi Trinh,  Trota of Salerno, Trotula di Ruggiero, Tsitsi Dangarembga

U/V/W/X/Y/Z-  Udine Smith Moore, Umm Kulthum Ebrahim Elbeltagi, Urani Rumbo, Valaida Snow, Valentina Tereshkova, Valerie Maynard, Victoria Santa Cruz,  Victoria Spivey, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Virginia Waynescot, Virginie Loveling, Vivian Dandridge, Wafa Al Rimi, Waliyato Clowes, Wanda Gertz, Wang Huiwu, Wangari Maathai , Winona LaDuke, Xu Pingjun, Yaa Asantewaa,  Yi So-yeon, Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr,  Zaida Ben-Yusuf, Zainab Salbi, Zakie Al-Hakim, ZARAH LEANDER, Zee Edgell, Zhang Xinxin, Zhao Feiyan, Zhu Shuzhen, Zin Mar Aung, Zinaida Serebriakova,  Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Zulema L’Astròloga




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