There have been many women Pulitzer Prize winners since the inception of the Pulitzer Prizes in 1917. There are no separate competitions for men and women; both genders compete for the same prizes and fellowships. Women have won for journalistic work, dramas, novels, biographies, musical composition, collections of poetry and works of nonfiction. Check out these amazing women and their famous works:
Pearl Buck (1932)
Pearl Buck won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "The Good Earth." This piece of fiction brought the mysteries of Asia to the United States.
Margaret Mitchell (1937)
Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, "Gone With the Wind." This book dramatized the plight of plantation owners during the Civil War and glamorized the lives of blockade runners, as seen through the eyes of spoiled Scarlet O'Hara.
France Goodrich (1956)
France Goodrich won the Pulitzer Prize for her drama "The Diary of Anne Frank," adapted from the memoir of the famous Holocaust victim.
Harper Lee (1961)
Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for "To Kill a Mockingbird." This novel, told through the eyes of a young girl, gives us a glimpse of life in the South as Americans wrestled with desegregation and issues of prejudice.
Frances FitzGerald (1973)
Frances FitzGerald won the Pulitzer Prize for "Fire in the Lake," a nonfiction book about the impact Americans had on Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.
Alice Walker (1983)
Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Color Purple." This heart-wrenching novel tells the story of a poor African American woman striving to find her place in a world full of injustice.
Joan D. Hedrick (1995)
Joan Hedrick won the Pulitzer Prize for a biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life."
Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
Indian American Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer Prize for her collection of short stories, "The Interpreter of Maladies." Each of her stories exposes us to the experience of immigrants as they seek to integrate into American society.
The Pulitzer Prize for poetry was not amongst the original categories outlined in Joseph Pulitzer's will. The category was added in 1922 and has been celebrated every year since, honoring some of the most famous poets in recent American history.
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