1800s

If you would like more information specifically about producing one of our plays, please email 365womenayear@gmail.com with the historical woman and the playwright in the body of the email.

***Our plays are loosely based on their historical counterparts.***

Women are listed in the century they were BORN. 

1800s

Abigail Alcott (1840-1879)/Playwright: Donna Latham

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)/Playwright: Jennifer O’Grady

A’Lelia Walker (1885-1931)/Playwright: A’Lelia Bundles

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

Alexandrine Tinné (1835-1869)/Playwright:Karin Diann Williams

Alice Austen (1866-1952)/Playwright: Robin Rice

Alice Liddell (1852-1934)/Playwright: Allie Costa

Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980)/Playwright: Kitty Felde

Alice Paul (1885-1977)/Playwright: Thea Iberall

Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967)/Playwright: Lynne S Brandon

Alice Woods (1899-1991) Playwright: Benjamin Peel

Alla Nazimova (1879-1945)/Playwright: Barbara Kahn

Alma Mahler-Werfel (1879-1964)/Playwright: Connie Bennett

Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891 – 1978) / Playwright: Amy Gijsbers van Wijk

Amanda DeCuis (1800s)/Playwright: Connie Bennett

Amelia Earhart (1897-1939)/Playwright: Kathleen Warnock

Ana Roque De Duprey (1853-1933)/Playwright: Karina Richardson

Anna Coleman Ladd (Sculptor)/Playwright: Patti Cassidy

Angustias de la Guerra (1815-1890)/Playwright: Jennie Webb

Anita Pollitzer (1894-1975)/Playwright: Susan Shafer

Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966)/Playwright: Lynda Crawford

Anna Alcott (1831-1893)/Playwright: Donna Latham

Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842-1942)/Playwright: Gabrielle Sinclair

Anna Christina Olson (1893-1968)/Playwright: Allie Costa

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931)/Playwright: Allie Costa

Anne Bronte (1820-1849)/Playwright: N.G. McCLernan

Anne Sullivan (1866-1936)/Playwright: Julie Riggs

Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941)/Playwright: Lisa Jayne

Annie Turnbo Malone (1869-1957)/Playwright: Asia Nichols

Audrey Munson (1891-1996)/Playwright: L.A. Green

Beatrice Alexander (1895-1990)/Playwright: K.A. Brokaw

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)/Playwright: D Lee Miller

Begum Hazrat Mahal (1820-1879)/Playwright: Julie Lyn Barber

Bertha Von Suttner, (née Countess Kinsky) (1843-1914)/Playwright: Tee Schneider

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)/Playwright: Renee Lucas Wayne

Bessie Smith – (1894-1837)/Playwright: Julie Lyn Barber

Bridget “Biddy” Mason (1818-1891)/Playwright: Monique N. Simpson

Broncia Koller-Pinell (1863-1934)/Playwright: Rex McGregor

Buffalo Calf Road (1850s-1878)/Playwright: Earl T. Roske

C.J. Walker (1867-1919)/Playwright: A’Lelia Bundles

Caroline Norton (1808-1877)/ Playwright: KT Parker

Carrie (Carry) Nation (1846-1911)/Playwright: Trish Ayers

Catharine Danenhold Melcher (1817?-1874?)/Playwright: Nancy Gall-Clayton

Cathay Williams (1844-1892)/Playwright: Amina McIntyre

Celia (1836-1855)/Playwright: Cari A. Hopson

Charley Parkhurst (1812 – 1879)/Playwright: Jayne B. Stearns

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)/Playwright: N.G. McCLernan

Charlotte Cushman (1816-1878)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Charlotte Forten Grimke (1837-1914)/Playwright: Katherine Brokaw

Christine McKoy (1851-1912)/Playwright: Asia Nichols

Clara Barton (1821-1912)/Playwright: Cindy Cooper

Clara Compoamor (1888-1972)/Playwright: Juana Escabias

Clara Schumann (1819-1896)/Playwright: Lily Meyer

Clara Smith – (1894-1835)/Playwright: Julie Lyn Barber

Claribel Cone (1864-1929)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby (1854-1946)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983)/Playwright: Linda Evans

Countess Markiewics (1868-1927)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Dolores Ibarruri (1895-1989)/Playwright: Begonya Plaza

Doña Maria Gertrudis “La Tules” Barceló (1800-1852)/Playwright: Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos

Dowager Ci’an, Empress (1835-1908)/Playwright: Joy Tomasko

Dowager Cixi, Empress (1837-1881)/Playwright: Joy Tomasko

Edith Cavell (1865-1915)/Playwright: Maggie Ollerenshaw

Edith Wharton(1862-1937)/Playwright: Jennifer O’Grady

Edmonia “Wildfire” Lewis (1843-1911)/Playwright: Michael Angel Johnson

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)/Playwright: Penny Jackson

Effa Manley (1897-1981) / Playwright: Carol M. Rice

Effie Waller Smith (1879-1960)/Playwright: Nancy Gall-Clayton

Eleanor H. Porter(1868-1920)/Playwright: Connie Bennett

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)/Playwright: Thea Iberall

Eleanor Randolph Sears (1881-1968)/Playwright: Cynthia L. Cooper

Elena Molokhovets (1831-1918)/Playwright: Jane Denitz Smith

Eleonora Duse (1858-1924)/Playwright: Maria Pia Pagani

Eliza Anne Grier (1864-1902) /Playwright: Cesi Davidson

Eliza Morgan(1800s)/Playwright:Lucy Wang

Elizabeth Blackwell- (1821-1910)/Playwright: Rosemary Zibart

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865)/Playwright: Jennifer O’Grady

Elizabeth Van Lew (1818-1900)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Elizabeth Keckley (1818-1907)/Playwright: Donna Latham

Elizabeth Holloway Marston (1893 – 1993)/Playwright: Ashley Lara

Elizabeth Siddal (1829-1962)/Playwright: Danielle Winston

Elizabeth Oakes Smith (1806-1893)/Playwright: Emily Ball Cicchini

Elizabeth Wilkins (1800s)/Playwright: Maggie Ollerenshaw

Ellen Craft (1826-1891)/Playwright: Paula Cizmar

Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940)/Playwright: Rebecca Burroughs

Ellen Wilkinson (1891-1947)/Playwright: Maggie Ollerenshaw

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)/Playwright: N.G. McClernan

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) / playwright Marilyn Clarke

Emily Preston (1819-1909)/Playwright: Nancy West

Emma Calve (1858-1942)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Emma Goldman (1869-1940)/Playwright: Liza Case

Emma Jung (1882-1955)/Playwright: Catherine Frid

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)/Playwright: Shellen Lubin

Esther Roper (1868-1938)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Etta Cone (1870-1949)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Eva Gore-Booth (1870-1926)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Eva LeGallienne (1899-1991)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Eve Adams (1891-1943)/Playwright: Barbara Kahn

Fannie Tuttle (1800s)/Playwright: Marj O’Neill

Florence Mills (1895-1927)/Playwright: Barbara Kahn

Florence Nightingale  (1820 – 1910) Playwright:Mandy Carpenter

Frances Ann Hale Hunter (1819-?)/Playwright: Emily Ball Cicchini

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)/Playwright: Susan Shafer

Georgia E. Mann (1836-1885)/Playwright: Johanna Miller

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)/Playwright: Lynne S. Brandon

Grace Evelyn Gifford Plunkett (1888-1955)/Playwright: Paddy Gillard-Bentley

Graceanna Lewis (1821-1912)/Playwright: Paula Cizmar

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington (1877-1946)/Playwright: Treasa Nealon

Hannah Alexander (1800s-1900s)/Playwright: K.A. Brokaw

Hannah Reynolds-“Mountain Dew” ( either 1805-1865 or 1825-1865)/Playwright: J.Lois Diamond

Harriet Bosse (1878-1961)/Playwright: Talia Pura

Harriett Forten (Purvis)– (1810-1875)/Playwright: Charissa Menefee

Harriet Powers (1837-1910)/Playwright: Danielle Winston

Harriet Rice (1866-1958)/Playwright: Sara Clifford

Harriet Hanson Robinson (1825-1911)/Playwright: Caroline Turner Cole

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Harriet Tubman (1822-1913)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Hattie Hill (1847-1921)/Playwright: Patricia Watkins

Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952)/Playwright: Kristin Hornsby

Helen Keller (1880-1968)/Playwright: Donna Latham

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891 )/Playwright: Ivan Faute

Helene Van Zuylen (1863-1947)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Hortense Powdermaker (1896-1970)/Playwright: Amina McIntyre

Ida Tarbell (1857-1944)/Playwright: Shellen Lubin

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931)/Playwright: Leah Halper

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927)/Playwright: Aspen Mock

Jane Addams (1860-1935)/Playwright: Rebecca Burroughs

Jane Cannary (1852-1903)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Jane Gentry (1863-1925)/Playwright: Grace Ellis

Janina Kryezanowska (1885-1944)/Playwright: Heather L. Lee

Jeanette Rankin (1880-1973)/Playwright: Leah Halper

Johanna Bonger van Gogh (1862-1925)/Playwright: Caroline N. Simpson

Josefa “Chipita” Rodriguez (1800-1863)/Playwright: Susan Long Haga

Josepha Hale (1820-1863)/Playwright: Emily Ball Cicchini

Juana Briones (1802-1889)/Playwright: Paula Cizmar

Judy Matlack (1898-1982)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

Julia H. P. Coleman (1873-1950)/Playwright: A’Lelia Bundles

Julia Morgan(1872-1957)/Playwright: Lucy Wang

Julia Tuttle (1848-1898)/Playwright: Marj O’Neill-Butler

June Weaver (1891-1977)/Playwright: Mary Sue Price

Kasturba Gandhi (1869-1944)/Playwright: Hemavathy Guha

Kate Kelly( 1862-1898) Playwright: R.Johns

Kate Rice (1882-1963)/Playwright: Hope McIntyre

Kate Warne (1833-1868)/Playwright: Eva Schegulla

Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Katherine Louise Bullard (1877)/Playwright: Claire Wittman

Katharine Coman (1857-1915)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Katharine McCormick (1875-1976)/Playwright:Jenny Seidelman

Katharine Szenes (Senesh) (1886-1992)/Playwright: Danielle Wirsansky

Kitty Mills ( 19th Century)/Playwright: Ian Low

L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942)/Playwright: Emily Brauer Rogers

Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

Lakshmi Bai (1828-1858)/Playwright: Cindy Cooper

Laurette Taylor (1883-1946)/Playwright: Michael Aman

Lesya Ukrainka (1871-1913)/Playwright: Irene Zabytko

Lila Morgan (1891-1990) Playwright:J.Lois Diamond

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)/Playwright: Lily Meyer

Liliuokalani, Queen (1838-1917)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Liu-Wang Liming (1897-1970)/Playwright: Glenda Frank

Lizzie Borden (1860-1927)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Lotta Crabtree (1847-1924)/Playwright: Dorothy Velasco

Lou Salomé – (1861-1937)/Playwright: Rosemary Zibart

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Louise Mack (1870-1935) /Playwright: Laurel A. Lockhart

Lozen (1840-1890)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Lucy Adeline Bullard (1870)/Playwright: Claire Wittman

Lucy Parsons (ca 1853-1942)/Playwright: Barbara Corrado Pope

Lucy Stone (1818-1893)/Playwright: Nancy West

Lula Hill (1800s/1900s)/Playwright: Renee Rankin

Mabel Loomis Todd (1856-1932) / playwright Marilyn Clarke

Mabel Walker Willebrandt (1889-1963)/Playwright: Patricia Middleton

Madame Heger (1800s)/Playwright: Jennifer O’Grady

Mae West (1893-1980)/Playwright:Germaine Shames

Malwida von Meysenbug – (1816-1903)/playwright: Rosemary Zibart

Margaret E. Knight- (1838-1914)/Playwright: Anne Flanagan

Margaret Sanger (1879-1966)/Playwright: Jenny Seidelman

Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995)/Playwright: Linda Britt

Margaretta Forten– (1806-1875)/Playwright: Charissa Menefee

Maria Blanchard (1881-1932)/Playwright: Inge Martín San Juan

Maria Meyn (1800s)/Playwright: Sophia Romma

Maria Mitchell (1818-1889)/Playwright: Melody Cooper

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) Playwright: Susan Shafer

Mariana la Loca (1831-1902)/Playwright: Beth Kander

Mariah Vance (1819-1904)/Playwright: Elizabeth Orndorff

Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)/Playwright: Naomi Elster

Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva (1892-1941)/Playwright: Sophia Romma

Marian Anderson (1897-1993)/Playwright: Arden Kass

Marion Davies (1897-1961)/Playwright: Lucy Wang

Marion Harris (1896-1944)/Playwright: Julie Lyn Barber

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998)/Playwright: Robin Rice

Mary Bensell (1848-1931)/Playwright: Connie Bennett

Mary McLeod Bethune (1895-1955)/Playwright: Lawrence Kessenich

Mary Boswer (1839-?)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Mary Whiton Calkins (1863 – 1930)/Playwright: Sarah Tuft

Mary Cassatt  (1844-1926)/Playwright: Patricia Wakely Wolf

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (1869-1958)/Playwright: Emily Ball Cicchini

Mary Elizabeth Fairless  (1899 – 1994) Playwright:Mandy Carpenter

Mary Fields (1832-1914)/Playwright: Melody Cooper

Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882)/Playwright: Donna Latham

Mary Mallon (1869-1938)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Mary Rozet Smith (1868-1934)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Mary Tape (1800s)/Playwright: Geralyn “G.L.” Horton

Mata Hari (1876-1917)/Playwright: Talia Pura

Matilda Joslyn Gage(1826-1898)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Maud Karpeles- (1885-1976)/Playwright: Grace Ellis

May Sinclair (1863-1946)/Playwright:  Leslie McMurtry

Mercedes Jellinek (1880-1929)/Playwright: Karen Jeynes

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968)/Playwright: Michael Angel Johnson

Millie McKoy (1851-1912)/Playwright: Asia Nichols

Minnie Cox (1869-1933)/Playwright: Rita Anderson

Molly Picon (1898-1992)/Playwright: C.J. Ehrlich

Moms Mabley (1894-1975)/Playwright: Annie Wood

Mother Amadeus Dunne (1844-1919) Playwright: Jamie Greenblatt

Mother Jones aka Mary Harris Jones (1837-1930)/Playwright: Samantha Vakiener

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)/Playwright: Lily Meyer

Nance O’Neill (1874-1965)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960)/Playwright: Michael angel Johnson

Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Nellie Bly (1864-1922)//Playwright: Grace Ivana Carroll

Nellie T. Bush (1888-1963)/Playwright: James E. Burnside

Olivia Soulouque- (1832-1936)/Playwright: Kendra Augustin

Olympia Brown (1835-1926)/Playwright: Nancy West

Polly Bemis (1853-1933)/Playwright: Geralyn “G.L.” Horton

Princess Iwa (1890-1947)/Playwright: Ilana Turner

Princess Victoria Ka’iulani (1875-1899)/Playwright: Trish Ayers

Rani Lakshmibai (1828-1858)/Playwright: Lauren Ferebee

Rebecca Ord Peshine (1859-1935)/Playwright: Jennie Webb

Réjane (1856 – 1920)/Playwright: ILANA TURNER

Renee Vivien (1877-1909)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Sarah Forbes Bonetta (1843-1880)/Playwright: Joslyn Housley McLaughlin

Sarah Forten– (1814-1883)/Playwright: Charissa Menefee

Sarah Orne Jewett- (1849-1909)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891)/Playwright: Dorothy Velasco

Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)/Playwright: Julie Lyn Barber

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)/Playwright: Sally Lambert

Sophia Tolstoy (1844-1919)/Playwright: Germaine Shames

Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943)/Playwright: Ellen Davis Sullivan

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Susan Huntington Dickinson (1830-1913) / playwright Marilyn Clarke

Susanna Madora Salter (1860-1961)/Playwright: Patricia Middleton

Susie King Taylor (1848-1912)/Playwright: Vickie L. Williams

Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)/Playwright: June Rachelson-Ospa

Sweet Emma Barrett (1897-1983)/Playwright: Charlene A. Donaghy

Sylvia Beach (1887-1962)/Playwright: Deb Caperton Ballard

Tennessee Claflin (1844-1923)/Playwright: Geralyn Horton

Theda Bara (1885-1955)/Playwright: Diana Burbano

Tien Fu Wu (1887- ?)/Playwright: Geralyn “G.L.” Horton

Valerie Shillito (1877-1901)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)/Playwright:Robin Rice

Victoria Woodhull (1838-1937)/Playwright: Gina Scanlon

Virginia Waynescot (1800s)/Playwright: Cari A. Hopson

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)/Playwright: Robin Rice

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962)/Playwright: Antonia Wolf

Vivienne Haigh Wood (1888-1947)/Playwright: Erin Murray Quinlan

Zitkala Sa (1876-1938)/Playwright: Teresa Stankiewicz

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)/Playwright: Larissa Brewington

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