2019 INFO



CLAIMS ARE NOW OPEN CLOSED FOR 2019! Check back January 1, 2020 for claims opening again. 🙂 

Welcome 2019 playwrights! We are entering our sixth 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.

Below you will find:

-Directions to Participate


-A list of women who have not yet been covered. (We only take duplicates of women we’ve covered every fifth year.  You have to choose someone who we have not written about.)

PLAYS DUE DECEMBER 31, 2019 (There are no extensions.)


FIRST STEP: Choose a woman or women to write about.  They must be women who we have not yet covered.   You can double check who we’ve covered alphabetically here.  Please note, that all of the 2018 pieces have not yet been processed, so we have covered more than what the web site has currently listed.  This is why we ask you to choose at least 3 women.  We definitely need more pieces about women from 1700s and prior and pieces on women who lived in Africa, Asia, and Australia. 

Once you have chosen some options, you will fill out the claim form. 


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 10-14 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. It is okay if more historical women end up in your piece than you claimed. 

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:  2019/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 (2019)

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 (2019)

(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 2019. 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 and women from ancient times. 

*If you are writing a piece about a woman who is from a different culture/ethnicity/race/religion than you, please do your research and be mindful and respectful.  Be thoughtful of what you are asking your future actors to do and say.  It is never a good look for a white playwright to have a piece full of racial slurs.  It’s just not necessary.  Research, collaboration, and respect are key.

*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.  When publishing opportunities arise, it is up to you whether or not you would like your piece to be included.

*Yes, we have other ways you can write with us too! We are currently working on our Women in Theatre History Monologue Collection.  Head to our facebook page for more information.

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

Need Ideas?

WOMEN WE HAVE NOT YET COVERED:  (You do not have to choose from this list.)

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, Agota Kristof, Alberta Hunter, Albertha Madeline Isaacs, Aleda E. Lutz, Alenoush Terian, Alessandra Giliani, Al-Khansa, Alice Ball, Alice Guy Blache, Alice Whitman,  Alika Kinan, Aline Charigot Renoir, Alva Myrdal, Ama Ata Aidoo, Amastris, Ameena Hussein, 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, Anita Karagoshyan, Ann duCille, Anna Julia Cooper , Anna Gréki,  Anna Hedgeman,  Anna Maria Von Schurman, Anna Ter-Vardanyan, Anni Albers, Annie Easley, Annie Smith Peck, Anne Braden, Ann Lohman, Anne Ofula, Anne Morelli, Anne Ranasinghe, Annemarie Jacir, Annette Hanshaw, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Annie G. Fox (Lt.), Annie Besant, Anousheh Ansari, Antistia, Anuradha Koirala, Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, Apu Biswas, 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, Benita Koch-Otte, 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, Bidya Devi Bhandari , 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 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, Christi Warner, Christine Chubbock, Christine Darden, Cissy Cooray, Clara McBride Hale, Clarissa Davis,  Claudie Haigneré, Cleoma Falcon, Cleopatra the Alchemis’, Comandanta Ramona, 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 Abgar, Diana Raznovich, Diana Rowden, Diane Arbus, Diane Nash, Dihya (Kahina), Dilara Aliyeva, Dinah Washington, Djamila Bouhired, Dorotea Bucca, Dorothea Dix, Dorothy Arzner, Dorothy Day, Dorothy Fuldheim

E- Eartha M. M. White, Edda Gachukia,  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, Elizabeth Woodville, Ella May Wiggins, Ellen DeGeneres,  Ellen Ochoa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Elsie Knocker, Elsie (Elliot) Tu, Emily Greene Balch, Emily Warren Roebling, Emma (Lady Hamilton), Emmy Noether, Emperor Wu, Enid Lyons,  Essie Honiball, Estée Lauder, Estelle Akofio-Sowah, Esther Jones, Ethel Smyth, Ethel Waters, Etsuko Sugimoto, Etta Moten, Eunice Shriver, Eva Ekeblad, Eve Ensler, Evelyn “Pat” Foote

F- Faeqa bint Saeed Al Saleh, Faith Ringgold,  Fanny Jane Butler, Fanny Kemble Butler, Fanny Durack, Fanny Cochrane Smith, Fariba Nawa, Farida Bedwei, Fatema Akbari, Fatima Jibrell, Fauzia Gailani, Fawzia Koofi, Feng Yuan (Consort), Fenia Chertkoff de Repetto, Fidelia Fielding, Flemmie Pansy Kittrell, Flora Brovina, Flora Nwapa, Flora Sandes, Florence Maybrick, Florence Price, Florence Senanayake, Florence White, Forough Farrokhzad, Francis Allison, Fu (Consort), Fu Mulan, Fulvia

G- Gabriella Andreevska, Gabrielle Kirk Mcdonald, Gabrielle Weidner, Gail Laughlin, Gamar Almaszadeh, Gawhar Shad of Herat, Gawhar Khatun, Gawharshad Begum, Geena Rocero, Geneviève Bergeron, Georgiana Kathleen Symonette, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Germaine Tillion, Gertrude Bell, Gertrude Elizabeth (Lady Colin Campbell), Gina Din, Glaphyra, Glikl bas Juda Leib, Gisele Rabesahala, Gladwell Otieno, Gladys Bentley, Gladys W. Royal, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Gloria Twine Chisum, Godliver Businger, Gohar Vardanyan, Golda Meir, Greer Garson, Greta Garbo,  Guila Bustabo, Guillemette du Luys, Gwerful Mechain

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, Heidi Rathjen, Helen Caldicott, Helen Hayes, Helen John, Helen Zia, Helen Humes, Helen Kane, Héloïse d’Argenteuil, Henrietta Child,  Herneith, Herrad of Landsberg, Hilda “H.D.” Doolittle, Himla Soodyal, Hokuma Gurbanova, Hortensia,  Houda Nonoo, Hranush Arshagyan, Huguette Clark, Hulda Shipanga, Huo Chengjun (Empress, Hycinth Curtis, Hypsicatea

I- Ida Lou Anderson, Ida Cox, Ingrid Bergman, Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa, Iris Chang,  Irom Chanu Sharmila, Isabel Allende, Isabel Gonzalez, Isabel Vargas Lizano, Isabel Martínez de Perón, Isabel Washington, ISABELLA I OF CASTILE, Isabella Blow, Isabella d’Este, Isabella Cortese,  Izinetta Wilcox

J- Jackie Forster, Jacobina Félicie, Jamaica Kincaid, James Miranda Steuart Barry, Jamila Afghani, Jan Ruff O’Herne,  Jane Foss Barff, Jane Bowles, Jane Fonda, Jane Fortune, Janet Dunbar, Janet Gaynor, Jane Green, Jane Mansfield, Janka Bryl, Jarena Lee, Jean Arasanayagam, Jean Macnamara, Jelena Balšić of Zeta, Jessie Isabelle Price, Jessie Stephen, Jewel Plummer Cobb, Jhamak Ghimire, Jo Ann Robinson,Joan Baez, Joan Crawford, Joan Fontaine, Joan Jett, JoAnn Tall,  Joanelle Romero, Jobyna Ralston, Joanna Baillie, Johanna Benson, Josephine Abaijah, Josephine de Beauharnais, Joy Adamson, Joyce Hansen, Judith Resnik,  Julia Gillard, Julia B. Platt, Juliana Rotich, Junko Tabei

K- Katherine Dunham, Katherine Swynford, Kathleen Lonsdale, Kathryn Thorne Kelly, Kelsey Leonard (Native American), Khadija Ahrari, Khaleda Zia, Khema, Kholoud Faqih, Kunzang Choden, Khurshidbanu Natavan, KIM FOXX, Kim Hak-sun, Kirsten Flagstad, Kounila Keo, 

L- La Lupe, Lady May (Namibia) Laldyada, Lady Saigō, Lady Triệu (Vietnam), Laetitia Rispel, Lanying Lin, Larysa Hienijuš, Latasha Harlins, Laura Bassi, Laura Pederson Kieler, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Laurel B. Clark, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, Leonetta Pieraccini Cecchi, Leonora von Stosch, Les Filles du Roi, Leyla Badirbeyli, Leyla Mammadbeyova, Leymah Gbowee, Li Yinhe,Lillian Gish, Lillian Glinn (singer), Lillian Helman, Lillian Shattuck, Lise Børsum, Lise Meitner, Liu Huang A-tao, Liu Yang, Loredana Marcello, Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Lori Ann Piestewa, Lorna Simpson, Lou Graham, Lou Scheper-BerkenkampLouise Jota Cook, Louise Lovely, Louise Meriweather, Lubna Olayan, Lucia Moses, Lucie Aubrac, Lucille Ball, Lucinda Fowlkes, LUCREZIA BORGIA,  Lucretia Mott, Lucrezia Buti, Lulu Hunt Peters, Lulwa Al Awadhi, Lydia Canaan, Lyudmila Pavlichenko

M- Madeleine Rees, Madhubala, Madina Gulgun,  Magda Szabo, Magistra Hersend, Mahiya Mahi, Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Mairead Maguire, Malalai Joya, Malalai Kakar, Mama Tingo (Florinda Munoz Soriano), Mamia Chentouf, Mamie Phipps Clark, Mamie Smith,  Mandukhai Khatun, Marcelline Hemingway Sanford, Margaret of Parma, Margaret Abbott, Margaret Beaufort, Margaret Fuller, Margery Kempe, Marguerite de Valois, Maria Agnesi, Maria de Agreda, Maria “Belle” Boyd, María Félix, Maria Irene Fornes, María Rosa Luna Henson, María Quinteras de Meras, MARÍA MOLINER, María Segovia, Maria Stewart, Maria Winkelmann, Maria Zambrano, Marian Wright Edelman,  Marianne Brandt, Marianne Moore, 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 Severin, Marie Stopes, Marie-Elise Gbedo, Marigo Posio, Marilou Awiakta, Marilyn Nance, Marita Lorenz, Maritza Correi, Martha Graham, Martha Jefferson, Martha Karua, Mary Queen of Scots, Mary Brave Bird, Mary Greyeyes-Reid, Mary Ingraham (Bahamas), Mary Kenner, Mary Ewing Outerbridge, Mary White Ovington, Mary Jane Patterson, Mary Ellen Pleasant, Mary Richardson, Mary Emily Sinclair, Mary Fairfax Somerville, Mary Church Terrell, Mary Wallis, Maryam Laly, Marzia Basel, Maude Bonney, Maude Grieves, Mauri Lynn, Maxine Sullivan, May Spencer, Maya Ayim, Maya Lin, Maziah Mahusin, Melisende of Jerusalem, Merit-Ptah, Meryl Streep, Meta Cardoza, Michele Landsberg, Michelle McLean, Mildred Gillars, Miles Franklin, Mina Wylie, Minnie Riperton, Minnie Hollow Wood, Mira Rai, The Mirabal Sisters, Miriam Makeba, Miriam Margolyes, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Mochizuki Chiyomi, Molly Glass, Mona Al Munajjed, Moving Robe Woman, Mu Sochua, Mumpy Sakar, Mumtaz Mahal, Munavvar Kalantarli, Munira Fakhro, Muriel Rahn, Musine Kokalari

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

O- Octavia the Younger, Odette Sansom Hallows, Olive Mary Hilliard, Olivia Fraser, Olivia de Havilland, Olivia Murray Chapman, Olga Elena Montaldo Rojas , Ollga Plumbi, Olympe de Gouges, Orie Rogo Manduli, Ourida Chouaki

P- Pamela Jelimo, Parashqevi Qiriazi, Park Yeon-mi, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, Patricia Bath, Patricia Suzanne Cowings, Patricia Highsmith,  Paula Moderson-Becker, PAULINE GOWER, Pearl S. Buck, Pearl White, Peggy Shippen Arnold, Peggy Whitson, Perpetua (Saint), Philippa Duke Schuyler, Phupu Lhamu Khatri , Piety Hadley, Plautilla Nelli, The Pope Sisters, Princess Senije Zogu, Pritilata Waddedar, Punyakante Wijenaike,Puspa Basnet, Pythias the Elder

Q- Queen Nanny, Queen Soraya TarziQiu Jin

R- Rabia Balkhi, Rachana Chhoeurng, Raja Ben Slama, Rani Hamid, Rapelang Rabana, Rebecca Cole, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Rebecca Ediger, Rebecca de Guarna, Rena Effendi, Renee Cox, Renee Stout, Rigoberta Menchú, Rita Banerji, Rita Christiani, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Roberta Bondar, Rosa Dubovsky, Rosalie Loveling, Rose Mensah Kutin, Rose Williams, Roseanne Keen, Rose Selavy, Rosetta Tharpe, Rosie Hackett, Roxane Gay, Roxanne Shante, Roya Mahboob, Ruby Bradley (Colonel), Rufaida Al-Aslamia, Runa Laila, Ruth Nita Barrow, Ruth Coker Burks, Ruth Etting, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ruth Winifred Howard, Ruth Buendia Mestoquiari, Ruth Stone

S- Sabina Yasmin, Sacheen Littlefeather, Safia Ahmed-jan, Sakina Akhundzadeh, Sakena Yacoobi, Samar Mezghani, Samia Al Amoudi, Sandra Bland, Sandra Cabrera, Sandra Woworuntu,  Sanora Babb, Savannah Churchill, Sarah Emma Edmonds, SAVITA HALAPPANAVAR, Sayan Srbouhi Ilayas, 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, Shushan-Vardeni, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Sippie Wallace, Sitara Achakzai, Song Sin-do, Sonya Olschanezky, Soong Mei-Ling (Madame Chiang), Sonita Alizadeh, Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, Sophia Jex-Blake, Sophia Brahe, Sophia Scholl, Sophia Singh, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Sophie Podolski, Soraya Salti, Souad Bendjaballah, Souad Massi, Srpouhi Dussap, Stella Benson, Stephanie Kwolek, Susan Hayward, Sushila Karki , 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, Taslima Nasrin, Tawakkol Karman, Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman, Tebello Nyokong, Teena Ritter, Tegla Chepkite Loroupe, Teresa Milanollo, Tessa Prendergast, Thasina Mani, Thavry Thon, Therese Humbert, Theresa Mortimer, Thida Khus,  Thomasia de Mattio, Tikvah Alper, Tituba,  Tracy “Africa” Norman, Trieu Thi Trinh,  Trota of Salerno, Trotula di Ruggiero, Tsitsi Dangarembga

U/V/W/X/Y/Z-  Udine Smith Moore, Ukmina Manoori, Umm Kulthum Ebrahim Elbeltagi,  Urani Rumbo, Urraca of Leon & Castilla, Valaida Snow, Valentina Tereshkova, Valerie Maynard, Vannary San, Vera Leigh, Veronika Cherkasova, Victoria Santa Cruz,  Victoria Spivey, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Virginia Waynescot, Virginie Loveling, Vivian Dandridge, Vivien Leigh, Wafa Al Rimi, Waliyato Clowes, Wanda Gertz, Wang Huiwu, Wangari Maathai , Winona LaDuke, Xiang Jingyu, Xu Pingjun, Yaa Asantewaa, Yasmine Gooneratne, Yi So-yeon,  Yolande Nina DuBois Williams, Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr, Zabel Yesayan, Zaha Hadid, Zaida Ben-Yusuf, Zainab Salbi, Zakie Al-Hakim, ZARAH LEANDER, Zaruhi Kavaljian, Zee Edgell, Zhang Xinxin, Zhao Feiyan, Zhu Shuzhen, Zin Mar Aung, Zinaida Serebriakova,  Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Zulema L’Astròloga



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