Posted: 03/27/2014 11:07 am EDT Updated: 03/27/2014 11:59 am EDT
But some female authors flouted convention in more ways than in their sheer literary ambition alone. Some were political activists, held groundbreaking positions in academia or publishing, or experimented with then-taboo sexual identities. And others… well, let’s just say Hemingway isn’t the only bookish adventurer in the history books.
Though many truly badass women authors are alive and working today, their stories aren’t yet finished. So as Women’s History Month draws to a close, we wanted to look back on some of the incredible literary women from history and remember how both their work and their lives broke new ground.
Here are 14 female writers who were totally badass: