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10 Famous Females Who Used Male Pen Names

Society & Culture  (tags: Female writers, Gender inequality, Masculinity, Hidden names, Success )

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In a world wrought with a history of sexism and gender inequality, female writers have hidden their true gender behind the veil of masculine pen names for centuries.


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Rose B (141)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 4:10 am
Thank for this Nancy

Cristina M (137)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 4:53 am
It can really make one angry to think that in order to get more respect as an author and to get better access to reader, women need to use male pen names and reading the article it get worst because I thought it was in the past but I just found out that J K Rowlin had to do it by her publisher's suggestion!

Penelope Ryan (178)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 1:52 pm
Intersting Nancy TY

Paula W (23)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 10:12 am
Interesting, thanks for sharing. I'd known about many of these women but not all of them. The Bronte sisters borrowed the surname Bell from someone they actually knew, I'm not sure if this may have been a sort of inside joke. Anne Bronte also used Bell as her alias surname.

Lindsey W (234)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 1:07 pm
thanks!very interesting

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 2:15 pm
Thanks Nancy.

Christopher Fowler (82)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 3:15 pm
The article, while very informative ignores some of the modern writers, such as Andre Norton (science fiction/fantasy author in the 1930's to 1990's. She died in '05.

Her real name was Alice Mary Norton. At the time that she was writing, up until the late 80's the only way that a woman was going to get on the scene in Science Fiction was to assume a male, nom de plume.

. (0)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 3:49 pm
And many a female warrior fought for liberty before they were allowed.

David F (39)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 4:55 pm
I enjoyed this a lot. Thank you!

patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 4:55 pm
They were great authors.....wonderful stories.

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 6:39 pm
um hmmm

Dana W (9)
Friday April 8, 2011, 7:59 pm
It is too bad that some wonderful writers had to assume male names in oder to get published. On the other hand, there are male authors who write romance under "female" pen names in order to sell books too.

Krasimira B (175)
Monday April 11, 2011, 7:47 pm
Noted with thanks.

Richard E Cooley (0)
Friday April 15, 2011, 5:29 am
Thank you!

Lika P (130)
Monday April 18, 2011, 2:43 am
Great lesson on women's studies!

William Ford (1)
Thursday May 19, 2011, 11:22 am
Thanks but I remember about a lady written a book Frankstein then used her husband's name. I dont see any story about her.
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