Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Letters, Drama, and Music

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Poetry

See Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry at Infoplease.com for the full list of winners.

1918 Sara Teasdale for Love Songs
1919 Margaret Widdemer for Old Road to Paradise
1923 Edna St. Vincent Millay for The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver; A Few Figs from Thistles; eight sonnets in American Poetry, 1922, A Miscellany
1926 Amy Lowell for What's O'Clock
1927 Leonora Speyer for Fiddler's Farewell
1935 Audrey Wurdemann for Bright Ambush
1938 Marya Zaturenska for Cold Morning Sky
1950 Gwendolyn Brooks for Annie Allen
1952 Marianne Moore for Collected Poems
1956 Elizabeth Bishop for Poems - North & South
1961 Phyllis McGinley for Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades
1967 Anne Sexton for Live or Die
1973 Maxine Winokur Kumin for Up Country
1982 Sylvia Plath for The Collected Poems
1984 Mary Oliver for American Primitive
1985 Carolyn Kizer for Yin
1987 Rita Dove for Thomas and Beulah
1991 Mona Van Duyn for Near Changes
1993 Louise Gluck for The Wild Iris
1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove named Poet Laureate of the U.S.
1996 Jorie Graham for The Dream of the Unified Field
1997 Lisel Mueller for Alive Together: New Selected Poems
2006 Claudia Emerson for Late Wife
2007 Natasha Trethewey for Native Guard
2010 Rae Armantrout for Versed
2011 Kay Ryan for The Best of It: New and Selected Poems

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Fiction

See Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction at Infoplease.com for the full list of winners.

1921 Edith Wharton for The Age of Innocence
1923 Willa Cather for One of Ours
1924 Margaret Wilson for The Able McLaughlins
1925 Edna Ferber for So Big
1929 Julia Peterkin for Scarlet Sister
1931 Margaret Ayer Barnes for Years of Grace
1932 Pearl Buck for The Good Earth
1934 Caroline Miller for Lamb in His Bosom
1935 Josephine Winslow Johnson for Now in November
1937 Margaret Mitchell for Gone with the Wind
1939 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings for The Yearling
1942 Ellen Glasgow for In This Our Life
1961 Harper Lee for To Kill a Mockingbird
1965 Shirley Ann Grau for The Keepers of the House
1966 Katherine Anne Porter for The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
1970 Jean Stafford for Collected Stories
1973 Eudora Welty for The Optimist's Daughter
1983 Alice Walker for The Color Purple
1985 Alison Lurie for Foreign Affairs
1988 Toni Morrison for Beloved
1989 Anne Tyler for Breathing Lessons
1992 Jane Smiley for A Thousand Acres
1994 E. Annie Proulx for The Shipping News
1995 Carol Shields for The Stone Diaries
2000 Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
2005 Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
2006 March, Geraldine Brooks
2009 Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
2011 A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Drama

See Pulitzer Prizes for Drama at Infoplease.com for the full list of winners.

1921 Zona Gale for Miss Lulu Bett
1931 Susan Glaspell for Alison's House
1935 Zoe Akins for The Old Maid
1945 Mary Chase for Harvey
1956 Frances Goodrich (with Albert Hackett) for The Diary of Anne Frank
1958 Ketti Frings for Look Homeward, Angel
1981 Beth Henley for Crimes of the Heart
1983 Marsha Norman for 'Night Mother
1989 Wendy Wasserstein for The Heidi Chronicles
1998 Paula Vogel for How I Learned to Drive
1999 Margaret Edson for Wit
2002 Topdog/Underdog, Suzan-Lori Parks
2009 Ruined Lynn Nottage

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for General Nonfiction

1963 Barbara W. Tuchman for The Guns of August
1968 Will and Ariel Durant for Rousseau and Revolution
1972 Barbara W. Tuchman for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–1945
1973 Frances FitzGerald for Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam; Robert M. Coles for Children of Crisis (Vols. 1 and 2)
1974 Annie Dillard for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
1983 Susan Sheehan for Is There No Place on Earth for Me?
1996 Tina Rosenberg for The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism
2002 Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, Diane McWhorter
2003 A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, Samantha Power
2004 Gulag: A History, Anne Applebaum
2006 Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya, Caroline Elkins

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for History

1942 Margaret Leech for Reveille in Washington
1943 Esther Forbes for Paul Revere and the World He Lived In
1959 Leonard D. White, assisted by Jean Schneider for The Republican EraL 1869–1901
1960 Margaret Leech for In the Days of McKinley
1963 Constance McLaughlin Green for Washington, Village and Capital, 1800–1878
1991 Laurel Thatcher Ulrich for A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary 1785–1812
1995 Doris Kearns Goodwin for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
2009 Annette Gordon-Reed for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Biography/Autobiography

1917 Laura E. Richards and Maude Howe Elliott, assisted by Florence Howe Hall for Julia Ward Howe
1941 Ola E. Winslow for Jonathan Edwards
1946 Linnie Marsh Wolfe for Son of the Wilderness
1947 Margaret Clapp for Forgotten First Citizen: John Bigelow
1951 Margaret Louise Coit for John C. Calhoun: American Portrait
1958 Douglas Southall Freeman (Vols. 1–6) and John Alexander Carroll and Mary Wells (Vol. 7) for George Washington
1986 Elizabeth Frank for Louise Bogan: A Portrait
1995 Joan D. Hedrick for Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life
1998 Katharine Graham for Personal History
2000 Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), Stacy Schiff
2007 Debbie Applegate for The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Music

1983 Ellen T. Zwilich for Three Movements for Orchestra
1991 Shulamit Ran for Symphony
1999 Melinda Wagner for Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion
2010 Jennifer Higdon for Violin Concerto

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