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Women Writers Discuss Their Female Heroes

In honor of Women's History Month, eight women writers — including Alice Hoffman, Lucy Coates, and Caroline Leavitt — wax poetic on the women who've inspired them.


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My female heroes, in no particular order: Billie Jean King, Maya Angelou, Margaret Sanger, Rosa Bonheur, Virginia Woolf, Angela Davis, Sylvia Beach, Billie Holiday, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Boudicaa, Gloria Anzaldua, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Olympe de Gouges, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Aung San Suu Kyi, Shamim Sarif, Wanda Sykes, and Rosalind Franklin.