1900s

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 subject line.

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

Women are listed in the century they were BORN. 

1900s

Agnes de Mille (1905-1993)/Playwright: Susan Shafer

Ala Gertner (1912-1945)/Playwright: Arlene Hutton

Alberta Williams King (1904-1974)/Playwright: Rita Anderson

Alice Childress (1912-1994)/Playwright: Loy Webb

Alice Allison Dunnigan (1906-1983)/Playwright: Larissa Brewington

Alice Neel (1900-1984)/Playwright: Lylanne Musselman

Althea Gibson (1927-2003)/Playwright: Cynthia L. Cooper

Amy Elizabeth Thorpe (1910-1963)/Playwright: Laurel Wetzork

Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)/Playwright: Rita Anderson

Ana Garrido (1966-)/Playwright: Pilar G. Almansa

Ana Mendieta (1948-1985)/Playwright: Diane Alexander

Anais Nin (1903-1977)/Playwright: Karin Diann Williams

Ani Pachen (1933-2002)/Playwright: Melissa Nussbaum Freeman

Anna Lively (1900s)/Playwright: Elliot Huxtable

Anna Mae Pictou Aquash (1945-1975)/Playwright: Lucy Wang

Anna Mac Clarke (1919-1944)/Playwright: Nancy Gall-Clayton

Anna Sokolow (1910-2000)/Playwright: Cynthia Chapman

Anna May Wong (1905-1961)/Playwright: Karen Rousso

Anne Frank (1929-1945)/Playwright: Rita Anderson

Anne Lamott (1954-)/Playwright: Kate M Carey

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)/Playwright: Rita Anderson

Antonieta Rivas Mercado (1900-1931)/Playwright: Verónica Musalem Moreno

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) / Playwright: Allie Costa

Ayn Rand (1905-82) / Playwright: Elliot D Huxtable

Babe Didrikson (1911-1956)/Playwright: Cynthia L. Cooper

Barbara Newhall Follett (1914-? (last seen 1939))/ Playwright Natalie Osborne

Barbara Grimes (1941-1956)/Playwright: Jess Eisenberg

Barbara Jordan (1936-1996)/Playwright: Linda Britt

Barbara McClintock (1902-1992)/Playwright: Judith Pratt

Bella Abzug (1920-1998)/Playwright: Thea Iberall

Berta Cáceres: 20th-21st Century (1971-2015)/Playwright: Sarah Tuft (2016)

Beryl Mills (1907 – 1977)/Playwright: Ian Low

Bette Davis (1908-1989)/Playwright: Talia Pura

Betty Friedan (1921-2006)/Playwright: Thea Iberall

Billie Allen (1/13/1925 – 12/29/2015)/Playwright: Jean Hartley Sidden

Billie Holiday (1915-1959)/Playwright: Julie English-Dixon

Bonnie Stoll (1900s)/Playwright: Lolly Ward

Bridget Moran (1923-1999)/Playwright: Sheree Bradford-Lea

Butterfly McQueen (1911-1955)/Playwright: Barbara Kahn

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010)/Playwright: C.J. Ehrlich

Camille (1917-2012)/Playwright: Lisa Nicoll

Candace Lyle Hogan (1900s)/Playwright: Lolly Ward

Carlota O’Neill (1905-2000)/Playwright: Inmaculada Alvear

Carlotta Monti  (1907-1993)/Playwright: Jennifer O’Grady

Carmen Miranda (1909-1955)/Playwright: camila le-bert

Carlett Angianlee Brown/ (1927 – unknown death) /Playwright: Kat Mustatea

Carson McCullers (1917-1967)/Playwright: John Barrow

Cecilia Payne (1900-1979)/Playwright: Lisa Heydenreich Jayne

Celia Cruz (1925-2003)/Playwright: Yani Perez

Christiana Figueres (Born 1956 -)/Playwright: Nancy Hopps

Clara Joseph (1917-????)/Playwright: Jennifer O’Grady

Claudette Osborne-Tyo (1987 – 2008?)/Playwright:Trish Ayers

Connie St Louis (1957 – still living)/Playwright: Sarah Tuft

Coreen Thomas (1955 -1976)/Playwright: Sheree Bradford-Lea

Corita Kent (1918 – 1986) / Playwright: Amy Gijsbers van Wijk

Deborah “Debbie” Harry (1945-living)/ Playwright: KT Parker

Deborah Lacks (1959-2009)/Playwright: Jessie Salsbury

Diana Nyad (born August 22, 1949)/Playwright: Lolly Ward

Diane Warren (1956- )/Playwright: Erin Moughon

Digna Ochoa (1964-2001) /Playwright:Patricia Davis

Dini Von Mueffling (1900s- )/Playwright: Sarah Tuft

Dorothy Dandridge (1922-1965)/ Playwright: Laurel A. Lockhart

Dolores Huerta (1930)/Playwright: Jennie Webb

Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996)/Playwright: Karen Rousso

Edna Lewis (1916-2006)/Playwright: Claudia I. Haas

Eileen Nearne (1921-2010)/Playwright: Danielle Wirsansky

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979)/Playwright: Catherine Weingarten

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)/Playwright: Chelsea Sutton

Ella Baker (1903-1986)/Playwright: Sandra de Helen

Eloise Williams (?-2007)/Playwright: Amissa Miller

Elsie Ott-(1913-2006)/Playwright: Danielle Wirsansky

Ethel Payne (1911-1991)/Playwright: Lolly Ward

Ethel Rosenberg (1915-1953) Playwright: Edward Morris

Ethel Waters (1900s )/Playwright:  Mary Fridley

Etta James (1938-2012)/Playwright: Gina Scanlon

Eva Braun (1912-1945)/ Playwright: James Colgan

Eva Peron (1919-1952)/Playwright: Begonya Plaza

Eva Pryor (1900s)/Playwright: Elliot Huxtable

Ewa Rechtman (20th century)/Playwright: Heather L. Lee

Fabulous Moolah (1923-2007)/Playwright: Olga Humphrey

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)/Playwright: Shellen Lubin

Fanny Brennan (1921-2001)/Playwright: D Lee Miller

Flora Danziger (1927- present)/Playwright: Catherine Frid

Florence Alexander (1900s)/Playwright: K.A. Brokaw

Frances Kelsey (1914-)/Playwright: Carolyn Gage

Frances Smith (1900s)/Playwright: Elliot Huxtable

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)/Playwright: Lylanne Musselman

Galya Tchaikovskaya (1900s?)/Playwright: Danielle Wirsansky

Gertrude Ederle (1905-2003)/Playwright: Cynthia L. Cooper

Gioconda Belli (1948) / Playwright: Sara Moros

Gisa Peiper Konopka (1910-2003)/Playwright: Cynthia L. Cooper

Grace Hartigan (1922-2008)/Playwright: Rita Kniess Barkey

Grace Ogot (1930-2015)/Playwright: Jo Hull Brisbane

Grandmother of Grace Ogot (1900s)/Playwright: Jo Hull Brisbane

Greta Garbo (1905-1990)/Playwright: Jaime Mire

Guangkun Liming (1928-?)/Playwright: Glenda Frank

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)/Playwright: Liza Case

Han Suyin (1916?-2012)/Playwright: Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)/Playwright: Jenny Lyn Bader

Hannah Szenes (Senesh) (1921-1944)/Playwright: Danielle Wirsansky

Hazel Ying Lee (1912-1944)/Playwright: Annette Lee

Hedy Lamarr (1914 – 2000)/Playwright: Sarah Tuft

Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011)/Playwright: Lylanne Musselman

Helen Jones (1934-1988)/Playwright: Sheree Bradford-Lea

Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951)/Playwright: Jessie Salsbury

Ida Lupino (1918-1995)/Playwright: Danielle Winston

Ilona Royce Smithkin (1900s)/Playwright: Elliot Huxtable

Imelda Marcos (1929- )/Playwright: Marina Castiñeira Ezquerra

Ina Ray Hutton (1916-1984)/Playwright: Melissa Ritz

Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) Playwright:J.Lois Diamond

Irena Sendler (1910-2008)/Playwright: Heather L. Lee

Iva Toguri D’Aquino (1916-2006)/Playwright: Emily Brauer Rogers

Joan Ganz Cooney (1929 –    )/Playwright: Susan Shafer

Jackie Mitchell (1913-1987) / Playwright: Carol M. Rice

Jackie Ormes (1911-1985)/Playwright: Sheree Bradford-Lea

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis(1929-1994)/Playwright: Jennifer O’Grady

Jane Goodall (1934- )/Playwright: Erin Moughon

Jane Mooney (19?-?)/Playwright: Robin Rice

Jane White (10/30/1922 – 7/24/2011) Playwright: Jean Hartley Sidden

Janice Kingslow (1924-1975)/Playwright:Denise B. Flemming

Janina Grabowska  (20th century)/Playwright: Heather L. Lee

Janis Joplin (1943-1970)/Playwright: Sarah Tuft

Jean Alexander (1900s)/Playwright: K.A. Brokaw

Jean Devente(1900s)/Playwright:Carol Polcovar

Jiang Qing- (Madame Mao) (1914-1991)/Playwright: Laura Rohrman

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992)/Playwright: Rita Kniess Barkey

Joanne Kittel (1900s- )/Playwright: Connie Bennett

Julia McWilliams Child (1912-2004)/Playwright: Carol M. Rice

Juliette Hampton Morgan (1914-1957) Playwright: J.Lois Diamond

Kalpana Chawla (1962-2003)/Playwright: Natalie Osborne

Kamala Nehru (1899-1936) Playwright:J.Lois Diamond

Karen Carpenter (1950-1983)/Playwright: Claire McCracken

Kate Bush (1958-) / Playwright: Claire McCracken

Katherine Dunham (1909-2006)/Playwright: Irene Donnelly

Kathleen Change (1950-1996)/Playwright: Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro

Kathleen Neal Cleaver (1945-Present)/Playwright: Jessie Salsbury

Kathleen Nickerson (1900s)/Playwright: Elliot Huxtable

Katoucha Niane (1960-2008)/Playwright: LuLu LoLo

Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990) Playwright:J.Lois Diamond

Lavern Baker (1929–1997)/Playwright: Lynda Crawford

Lebensborn women (1900s)/Playwright: Teresa Stankiewicz

Leelah Alcorn (1997-2014)/Playwright: Allie Costa

Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003)/Playwright: Zoe Mavroudi

Leonor Fini (1907-1997)/Playwright: Danielle Winston

Leonora Carrington (1917-2011)/Playwright: Ana Diaz Barriga

Lisette Hassani (1900s)/Playwright:Elliot Huxtable

Lily Parr (1905-1978) Playwright: Benjamin Peel

Linda Ronstadt(1946-?)/Playwright: Diane Burbano

Linda Tripp (1949- )/Playwright: Sarah Tuft

Lizzie Bell Carrithers (1901-1983)/Playwright: Pat Cheshire Jennings

Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998)/Playwright: Michael angel Johnson

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010)/Playwright: C.J. Ehrlich

Lotfia El Nadi (1907-2002)/Playwright: Laura Shamas

Lynda Carter(1951-?)/Playwright: Diane Burbano

Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson (1935 – )/Playwright: Cindy Cooper

Marcia Lewinsky (1949- )/Playwright: Sarah Tuft

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)/Playwright: Rex McGregor

Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991)/Playwright: Heather Dunmore

Margot Wölk (1917- )/Playwright: Jaclyn Perlmutter

Marguerite Duras ( Gia-Dinh (Vietnan)1914 – París (Francia 1996)/Playwright: Eva Hibernia

Maria Luisa Bombal (1910-1980)/Playwright: Begoña Ugalde

Maria Tallchief (1925-2013)/Playwright: Merridawn Duckler

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)/Playwright: Sandra de Helen

Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)/Playwright: Talia Pura

Martine Rothblatt (1954- )/Playwright: Kat Mustatea

Maruja Mallo (1902-1995)/Playwright: Vanesa Sotelo

Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001)/Playwright: Thea Iberall

Mary Marvin Breckinridge (1905-2002)/Playwright: Angelé Sionna

Mary John Sr (1913-2004)/Playwright: Sheree Bradford-Lea

Mary Kubicek (1900s)/Playwright: Jessie Salsbury

Mary Leakey(1913-1996)/Playwright: Connie Bennett

Mary McGee (19?-?   )/Playwright: Robin Rice

Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981)/Playwright: Mora V. Harris

Marzieh (1924-2010) Playwright:J.Lois Diamond

May Sarton (1912-1955)/Playwright: Deborah Magid

Melania Trump (1969)/Playwright: Diana Burbano

Melba Liston (1926-1999)/Playwright: Jennifer L. Hayes

Melba Roy Mouton (1929-1990)/Playwright: Melody Cooper

Mildred Bailey (1907-1951)/Playwright: Dorothy Velasco

Misty Copeland- (1982)/Playwright:  Lucy Wang

Monica Lewinsky (1973- )/Playwright: Sarah Tuft

Nancy Lane Smith (1964-2005)/Playwright: Lynda Crawford

Nancy Wake (1912-2011)/Playwright: Danielle Wirsansky

Natalia Levi Ginzberg (1916-1991)/Playwright:
Shellen Lubin

Natalia Peshkova (1923-)/Playwright: Danielle Wirsansky

Natalia Revuelta (1925-2015)/Playwright: Stephanie Swirsky

Natalie Wood (1938-1981) / Playwright: Allie Costa

Nieves Fernandez (circa 1906 – unknown)/Playwright: Amanda Andrei

Nina Simone (1933-2003) Playwright:J.Lois Diamond

Nola Jane Gentry (1903-1993)/Playwright: Grace Ellis

Norma Lee Dean (1962- 1976)/Playwright: Catherine Frid

Ntozake Shange (1948-present)/Playwright: Amissa Miller

Octavia Estelle Butler (1947-2006)/Playwright: Holli Harms

Olga Watkins Gmoser (1939-2014)/Playwright: Patricia Watkins

Olive Byrne (1904-1985)/Playwright: Ashley Lara

Ophelia DeVore (1922 – 2014)/ Playwright: Deneen Reynolds-Knott

Parveen Shakir (1952-1994)/Playwright: Melissa Nussbaum Freeman

Patricia Hill Collins  (1948- )/Playwright: Ivan Faute

Patsy Southgate (1928-1998)/Playwright: Lylanne Musselman

Patti Smith (1946- )/Playwright: Sarah Tuft

Paula Hernandez (1920-1989)/Playwright: Melissa Nussbaum Freeman

Pauli Murray (1910-1985)/Playwright: Thea Iberall

Pearl Bailey (1918-1990)/Playwright: Sandra de Helen

Pearl Eileen Primus (1919-1994)/Playwright: Cesi Davidson

Peggy Lee (1920-2002)/Playwright: Lylanne Musselman

Petra Kelly- (1947-1992/Playwright: Daniel M. Kinch

Phoolan Devi (1963-2001)/Playwright: Sara K Larson

Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016)/Playwright: Jo Brisbane

Pupul Jayakar (1915-1997) Playwright: J.Lois Diamond

Reba Whittle-(1919-1981)/Playwright: Danielle Wirsansky

Remedios Varo (1908-1963)/Playwright: Estela Garcia

Reyhanah Jabbarti (1988-2014)/Playwright: Michael Tooher

Rita Hayworth (1918-1987)/Playwright: Evelyn Jean Pine

Roberta Evelyn Martin (1907-1969)/Playwright: Marina Castiñeira Ezquerra

Rosa Parks (1913-2005)/Playwright: Thea Iberall

Rosalind Franklin (1920 – 1958)/Playwright: Naomi Elster

Rose Alexander (1900s)/Playwright: K.A. Brokaw

Rosetta LeNoire (8/8/1911 – 3/17/2002) Playwright: Jean Hartley Sidden

Ruby Dee (10/27/1922 – 6/11/2014) Playwright: Jean Hartley Sidden

Ruth Handler (1916-2002)/Playwright: Ellen Davis Sullivan

Sala Garncarz (1924- )/Playwright: Arlene Hutton

Sameera Moussa (1917-1952)/Playwright: Evelyn Jean Pine

Sarah Recktor (1902-1967)/Playwright: Asia Nichols

Selma Hortense Burke (1900-1995)/Playwright:Christine Hodak

Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014)/Playwright: Erin Moughon

Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005)/Playwright: Olga Humphrey

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965)/Playwright: Donna Hoke

Simin Behbahani (1927-2014) Playwright:J.Lois Diamond

Simone DeBeauvoir (1908-1986)/Playwright: Rita Anderson

Simone Segouin – (1925-)/Playwright: Ian Low

Sonia Henie (1912-1969)/Playwright: Cynthia L. Cooper

Sophie Scholl (1921-1943)/Playwright: Lisa Jayne

Sophie Thomas (1917-2010)/Playwright: Sheree Bradford-Lea

Stella Adler (1901-1992)/Playwright: Shellen Lubin

Stella Stray (1900s)/Playwright: Susan Shafer

Susan Travers-(1909-2003)/Playwright: Danielle Wirsansky

Suzanne Somers (1946 –   )/Playwright: Lucy Wang

Suzi Gablik (1934- )/Playwright: Rex McGregor

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)/Playwright: Kendra Augustin

Sylvie Le Bon (1941 – )/Playwright: Tara Goldstein

Taylor Swift (1989 –   )/Playwright: Lucy Wang

Tharon Musser (1925-2009)/Playwright: Shan Ayers

Tilda Swinton (1960- )/Playwright: Gina DeMarco Scanlon

Toni Stone (1921-1996)/Playwright: Andrea Lepcio

Valaida Snow (c.1906- 1956) Playwright: Michael angel Johnson

Viola Davis (1965-Present)/Playwright: Jessie Salsbury

Viola Desmond (1915-1965) Playwright: Andrea Scott

Viola Hyatt (1928-2000)/Playwright: Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos

Violeta Parra (1917-1967)/Playwright: camila le-bert

Violette Leduc (1907-1972) /Playwright: Julie English-Dixon

Virginia Hall (1906-1982)/Playwright: Rachel Handler

Vivian Strong (1955-1969)/Playwright: Monica Bauer

Wilhelmina Heintz (19?-?)/Playwright: Robin Rice

Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010)/Playwright: Trish Ayers

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994)/Playwright: Cynthia L. Cooper

Yang Huanyi (1909-2004)/Playwright: Lynda Crawford

Zilphia Horton (1910-1956)/Playwright: Shellen Lubin

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