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Female Authors

On more than one occasion, some guy has made the comment that there just aren't many good female authors. To which female readers rise up and go, "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" The most egregious was the guy who said the lack of female representation in SFF movies was because there weren't very many good SFF authors.

Because he apaprently isn't aware of J.K. Rowling or Harry Potter.

So I decided to go through my author list and compile the female authors I have read/reviewed. The list is alphabetical by first name, no organization by genre or anything else, because I think that in this way you can see more easily the number of authors who write under their initials, possibly to hide (at least superficially) their gender from readers.

Each name is linked to the page I created for that author, which should contain a list of books by that author I have read, and then a review of those books (some authors don't have reviews, but that number is pretty small).

This is a long list, and I created it by taking the complete list of authors whose books I've read/reviewed and removing the male authors. So it's possible I accidentally left a guy in there. If I note a guy, I'll remove him.

A.C. Gaughen
Abigail Gibbs
Agatha Christie
Alice Borchardt
Alissa Johnson
Amanda Quick
Ann Bridge
Ann Marston
Anna Lee Huber
Anne Bishop
Anne Kelleher
Anne Perry
Ashley Gardner
Ava March
Barbara Samuel
Bec McMasters
C.C. Hunter
C.E. Murphy
C.J. Cherryh
C.S. Graham
C.S. Harris
Caitlin Kitteredge
Caitlín R. Kiernan
Camille Bacon-Smith
Candace Robb
Candice Hern
Carla Kelly
Carol Emshwiller
Carole Nelson Douglas
Caroline Graham
Caroline Stevermer
Carrie Vaughn
Cassandra Clare
Catherine Asaro
Catherynne M. Valente
Charlaine Harris
Charles Todd *
Chelsa Quinn Yarbro
Cherie Priest
Christine Trent
Cindy Spenser Pape
Courtney Milan
D. E. Stevenson
Dana Cameron
Dana Stabenow
Darlene Marshall
Deanna Raybourn
Deborah Blake
Deborah Harkness
Delia Sherman
Denise Little
Diana Gabaldon
Diana L. Paxson
Diana Pharaoh Francis
Diane Mott Davidson
Donna Leon
Dru Pagliassotti
Eileen Wilks
Ekaterina Sedia
Elaine Cunningham
Elizabeth Bear
Elizabeth George
Elizabeth Haydon
Elizabeth Peters
Ellen Datlow
Ellen Kushner
Ellen Raskin
Ellis Peters
Emma Bull
Emma Jameson
Esther M. Friesner
Faith Hunter
Faye Kellerman
Fiona Patton
Francis Knight
Gail Carriger
Gail Dayton
Genevieve Valentine
Georgette Heyer
Gina Damico
Heather Blackwood
Heather Graham
Holly Black
Holly Lisle
I.J. Parker
Ilona Andrews *
Isabel Allende
J.A. Jance
J.D. Robb
J.K. Rowling
J.V. Jones
Jacqueline Carey
Jane Lindskold
Jane Yolen
Janet Morris
Janny Wurts
Jaye Wells
Jeaniene Frost
Jeanne C. Stein
Jeannie Lin
Jenna Black
Jennifer Estep
Jennifer Rardin
Jennifer Roberson
Jeri Westerson
Jesse Petersen
Jo Walton
Joanna Bourne
Jody Lynn Nye
Josepha Sherman
Josephine Angelini
Julia Justiss
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Julie E. Czerneda
Julie Smith
Juliet E. McKenna
Kady Cross
Karen Chance
Karen Russell
Karin Fossum
Kat Richardson
Kate Elliot
Kate Mosse
Kate Ross
Katharine Kurtz
Kathe Koja
Katherine Kerr
Katherine Vaz
Kathleen Valentine
Kathy Reichs
Katie MacAlister
Kelley Armstrong
Kelly Gay
Kelly Link
Kendare Blake
Kerrie Hughes
Kim Harrison
Kristen Britain
Kristen Callihan
Kristen Painter
Kristi Charish
Kristin Cashore
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
L.A. Banks
Laura Anne Gilman
Laura Joh Rowland
Laura Kinsale
Laura Resnick
Laurell K Hamilton
Lauren Willig
Laurie R. King
Leah R. Cutter
Leanna Renee Hieber
Lian Hearn
Libba Bray
Lilith Saintcrow
Lisa Lutz
Lisa See
Lisa Shearin
Lish McBride
Liz Williams
Loretta Chase
Louise Penny
Lucia St. Clair Robson
Lyn Benedict
Lynn Abbey
Lynn Viehl
M.L. Brennan
Madeleine E. Robins
Magdalen Nabb
Maggie Stiefvater
Margaret Ronald
Margaret Weis
Marguerite Kaye
Marie Brennan
Marion Chesney
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Marissa K. Lingen
Marjorie Liu
Martha Wells
Mary Robinette Kowal
Mary Stanton
MaryJanice Davidson
Maryrose Wood
Megan Lindholm
Megan Whalen Turner
Melanie Rawn
Melissa F. Olson
Melissa Marr
Meljean Brook
Mercedes Lackey
Michaela Roessner
Michele Hauf
Michelle Diener
Michelle Sagara
Michelle West
Mickey Zucker Reichert
Midori Snyder
Miriam Grace Monfredo
Moira Rogers
Morgan Llywelyn
Mur Lafferty
Nancy Atherton
Nancy Holder
Nancy Kilpatrick
Nancy Kress
Naomi Novik
Nicole Peeler
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Nina Rowan
Nisi Shawl
Nnedi Okorafor
Nora Roberts
P.D. James
P.N. Elrod
Pat O'Shea
Patricia A. McKillip
Patricia Briggs
Patricia C. Wrede
Paula Guran
Paula Volsky
Phaedra Weldon
Phil & Kaja Foglio *
Pip Ballantine
Rachel Aaron
Rachel Caine
Rachel Lee
Rebecca Maines
Rhys Bowen
Rita Mae Brown
Rob Thurman
Robin Hobb
Robin LaFevers
Robin McKinley
Rosemary Edghill
S.D. Tower
S.J. Rozan
Sara Douglass
Sara Paretsky
Sarah A. Hoyt
Sarah MacLean
Sarah Zettel
Seanan McGuire
Shana Galen
Sharan Newman
Sharon Shinn
Sharyn November
Shelley Adina
Sheri Cobb South
Sherwood Smith
Stefanie Pintoff
Sue Grafton
Sujata Massey
Susan Bischoff
Susan Krinard
Susanna Clarke
Suzanne Collins
Tamara Siler Jones
Tammara Webber
Tanith Lee
Tanya Huff
Tasha Alexander
Tee Morris
Teresa/Tracy Grant
Terri Windling
Tess Gerritsen
Tessa Dare
Theodora Goss
Theresa Romain
Toni L.P. Kelner
Ursula K. Le Guin
Valerie J. Freireich
Victoria Thompson
Yanni Kuznia
Yasmine Galenorn

As of 7/22/2017 the number of female authors on this list is 275. Yes, a couple of women appear twice, because they have pseudonyms, but I think it's fair to list them separately.

* These are authors writing as a male-female pair, either husband-wife or mother-son.