November 28, 2015

Childfree Celebrities: Famous Authors Edition – Women’s History Month

Cover of "The Second Sex"

Cover of The Second Sex

As a children’s author I once wrote a post about Dr. Suess and other famous kiddie-lit authors that didn’t have kids.


You can read it here.


Notable female childfree children’s authors include: Margaret Wise Brown, famous for “Good Night Moon,”  Beatrix Potter of “Peter’s Rabbit” fame, and Louisa May Alcott, author of “Little Women.”


Here is a list of other famous female writers, authors and journalists who made their mark on the world with their words and not their offspring. It’s quite an impressive club:


Elizabeth Gilbert – Author, “Eat Pray Love


Marie Colvin – Award-winning American journalist for the British newspaper The Sunday Times


Dorothy Parker – American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist


Anaïs Nin – Author


Melanie Notkin – Founder of, Author of “Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great-Aunts, Godmothers and All Women Who Love Kids” (Morrow/HarperCollins 2011)


Rachel Carson – Conservationist and author of  “Silent Spring”


The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anita Brookner – British novelist and art historian


Amy Tan –  American writer best known for her book “The Joy Luck Club


Harper Lee – Author, “To Kill a Mockingbird”


Marian Keyes – Author


Maeve Binchy – Novelist


Virginia Woolf – Author


Hilary Mantel – Novelist


Simone de Beauvoir – Author, “The Second Sex


Charlotte Bronte – Author, “Jane Eyre”


Edith Wharton – Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist


Jane Austen – Author, “Pride and Prejudice,” “Sense and Sensibility”


Isek Dineson – (pen name Karen Blixen) author of “Out of Africa”


Gloria Steinem – American feminist, journalist and political activist


WNKies do you know any other women that should be added to this list?





  1. Thanks for this list — It’s certainly an impressive one and makes me want to go back and read or revisit their work. Thanks, too, for the link to my blog post. Very much appreciated!

  2. Charlotte Brontë died because of a pregancy complication and Blixen and Mantel were both made sterile by a disease, not by choice. While I find interesting to have list of childless famous women, could you at least choose those who were so because they chose to be ?


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