As part of our Women’s History Month celebrations, we have curated a list of powerful female poets whose work you can enjoy with your class on World Poetry Day. All five of these poets’ work have messages to inspire people to take positive action to create a more equal world.
Maya Angelou was a civil rights activist, poet and award-winning author. As a civil rights activist, Angelou worked for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. One of Maya Angelou's most popular poems. "Still I Rise" is an empowering poem about the struggle to overcome prejudice and injustice.
Adrienne Rich was one of America’s most respected poets. Rich’s powerful poems reflect her continued search for social justice, her role in the anti-war movement, and her radical feminism.
Since 2013 Rupi Kaur has been creating poems about love, heartbreak and womanhood that embody the self-care movement.
Marge Piercy is an American poet, novelist, and social activist. Her work often focuses on feminism, the environment and her dedication to social change.
Audre Lorde was dedicated to confronting the social injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia through her work. Her poetry is rooted in her experiences as a black woman, a lesbian, a mother, and a lifelong champion for equality.