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The following list was compiled by TeacherVision and Fact Monster (see Related Links), and updated with information from Pulitzer.org. One hundred (100)women have won Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music; 119 have won Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism, bringing the total to 219 as of the 2011 awards.


Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Poetry (24)

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\
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
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 (30)

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 Jhumpa Lahiri for Interpreter of Maladies
2005 Marilynne Robinson for Gilead
2006 Geraldine Brooks for March
2009 Elizabeth Strout for Olive Kitteridge
2011 Jennifer Egan for A Visit from the Goon Squad

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Drama (13)

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 Suzan-Lori Parks for Topdog/Underdog
2009 Lynn Nottage for Ruined

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for General Nonfiction (11)

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
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 Diane McWhorter for Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
2003 Samantha Power for "A Problem From Hell:" America and the Age of Genocide
2004 Anne Applebaum for Gulag: A History
2006 Caroline Elkins for Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for History (8)

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 Era 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 (10)

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 Stacy Schiff for Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov)

Women Pulitzer Prize Winners for Music (4)

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


Meritorious Public Service (4)

1918 New York Times; also special award to Minna Kewinson and Henry Beetle Hough
1991 Des Moines Register, reporting by Jane Schorer
2000 Washington Post, reporting by Katherine Boo
2011 Las Vegas Sun, reporting by Alexandra Berzon

Editorial (7)

1964 Hazel Brannon Smith (Lexington [Miss.] Advertiser)
1978 Meg Greenfield (Washington Post)
1988 Jane E. Healy (Orlando Sentinel)
1989 Lois Wille (Chicago Tribune)
1992 Maria Henson (Lexington [Ky.] Herald-Leader)
2003 Cornelia Grumman (Chicago Tribune)
2010 Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and William McKenzie (The Dallas Morning News)

Correspondence (1)

1937 Anne O'Hare McCormick (New York Times)

Editorial Cartooning (2)

1992 Signe Wilkinson (Philadelphia Daily News)
2001 Ann Telnaes (Los Angeles Times Syndicate)

News Photography (14)

1954 Mrs. Walter M. Schau
1986 Spot news: Michel duCille and Carol Guzy (Miami Herald); features: Tom Gralish (Philadelphia Inquirer)
1995 Spot news: Carol Guzy (Washington Post); features: Associated Press Staff
1996 Spot news: Charles Porter IV, freelance photographer for Associated Press; features: Stephanie Walsh, freelance photographer for Newhouse News Service
1997 Spot news: Annie Wells (The Press Democrat [Santa Rosa, Calif.]); features: Alexander Zemlianichenko (Associated Press)
1998 Spot news: Martha Rial (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette); features: Clarence Williams (The Los Angeles Times)
2000 Breaking news: photographic staff of Denver Rocky Mountain News; features: Carol Guzy, Michael Williamson, and Lucian Perkins (Washington Post)
2004 Breaking news: David Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer (Dallas Morning News); features: Carolyn Cole (Los Angeles Times)
2005 Features: Deanne Fitzmaurice (San Fransisco Chronicle)
2007 Features: Renee C. Byer (Sacramento Bee)
2010 Breaking News: Mary Chind (Des Moines Register)
2011 Breaking News: Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti (The Washington Post)
2011 Features: Barbara Davidson (Los Angeles Times)

National Reporting (8)

1971 Lucinda Franks and Thomas Powers (United Press International)
1980 Bette Swenson Orsini and Charles Stafford (St. Petersburg Times)
1990 Ross Anderson, Bill Dietrich, Mary Ann Gwinn, and Eric Nalder (Seattle Times)
1991 Marjie Lundstrom and Rochelle Sharpe (Gannett News Service)
1994 Eileen Welsome (Albuquerque [N.M.] Tribune)
1996 Alix M. Freedman (Wall Street Journal)
2008 Jo Becker and Barton Gellman (The Washington Post)

International Reporting (7)

1951 Keyes Beech and Fred Sparks (Chicago Daily News); Homer Bigart and Marguerite Higgins (New York Herald Tribune)
1981 Shirley Christian (Miami Herald)
1984 Karen E. House (Wall Street Journal)
1986 Lewis M. Simons, Pete Carey, and Katherine Ellison (San Jose Mercury News)
1990 Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (New York Times)
1991 Caryle Murphy (Washington Post)
2005 Kim Murphy (Los Angeles Times)

Reporting (3)

1955 Mrs. Caro Brown (Alice [Tex.] Daily Echo)
1959 Mary Lou Werner (Washington [D.C.] Evening Star)
1960 Miriam Ottenberg (Washington Evening Star)

General Local Reporting (3)

1977 Margo Huston (Milwaukee Journal)
2007 Debbie Cenziper (Miami Herald)
2010 Raquel Rutledge (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

General News Reporting (1)

1986 Edna Buchanan (Miami Herald)

Special Local Reporting (4)

1972 Timothy Leland, Gerard N. O'Neill, Stephen A. Kurkjian, and Ann DeSantis (Boston Globe)
1980 Nils J. Bruzelius, Alexander B. Hawes, Jr., Stephen A. Kurkjian, Robert M. Porterfield, and Joan Vennochi (Boston Globe)
1983 Loretta Tofani (Washington Post)
1984 Kenneth Cooper, Joan FitzGerald, Jonathan Kaufman, Norman Lockman, Gary McMillan, Kirk Scharfenberg, and David Wessel (Boston Globe)

Investigative Reporting (14)

1985 Lucy Morgan, Jack Reed (St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times)
1988 Dean Baquet, William C. Gaines, and Ann Marie Lipinski (Chicago Tribune)
1991 Joseph T. Hallinan and Susan M. Headden (Indianapolis Star)
1992 Lorraine Adams and Dan Malone (Dallas Morning News)
1995 Stephanie Saul and Brian Donovan (Newsday)
1997 Eric Nalder, Deborah Nelson, and Alex Tizon (Seattle Times)
2000 Sang-Hun Choe, Charles J. Hanley, and Martha Mendoza (Associated Press)
2002 Sari Horwitz, Scott Higham, and Sarah Cohen (Washington Post)
2006 Susan Schmidt, James V. Grimaldi, and R. Jeffrey Smith (Washington Post)
2010 Barbara Lake and Wendy Ruderman (Philadelphia Daily News)
2010 Sheri Fink (ProPublica)
2011 Paige St. John (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

Feature Writing (13)

1980 Madeleine Blais (Miami Herald)
1981 Teresa Carpenter (Village Voice, New York)
1983 Nan Robertson (New York Times)
1985 Alice Steinbach (Baltimore Sun)
1988 Jacqui Banaszynski (St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch)
1991 Sheryl James (St. Petersburg [Fla.] Times)
1994 Isabel Wilkerson (New York Times)
1997 Lisa Pollak (Baltimore Sun)
2003 Sonia Nazario (Los Angeles Times)
2005 Julia Keller (Chicago Tribune)
2007 Andrea Elliott (New York Times)
2009 Lane De Gregory (St. Petersburg Times)
2011 Amy Ellis Nutt (The Star-Ledger)

Commentary (11)

1975 Mary McGrory (Washington Star)
1980 Ellen H. Goodman (Boston Globe)
1992 Anna Quindlen (New York Times)
1993 Liz Balmaseda (Miami Herald)
1996 E. R. Shipp (New York Daily News)
1997 Eileen McNamara (Boston Globe)
1999 Maureen Dowd (New York Times)
2001 Dorothy Rabinowitz (Wall Street Journal)
2005 Connie Schultz (Plain Dealer)
2007 Cynthia Tucker (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
2010 Kathleen Park (The Washington Post)

Criticism (8)

1970 Ada Louise Huxtable (New York Times)
1974 Emily Genauer (Newsday Syndicate)
1983 Manuela Hoelterhoff (Wall Street Journal)
1995 Margo Jefferson (New York Times)
1998 Michiko Kakutani (New York Times)
2001 Gail Caldwell (Boston Globe)
2006 Robin Givhan (Washington Post)
2010 Sarah Kaufman (The Washington Post)

Explanatory Journalism (9)

1989 David Hanners, William Snyder, and Karen Blessen (Dallas Morning News)
1991 Susan C. Faludi (Wall Street Journal)
1996 Laurie Garrett (Newsday [Long Island, N.Y.])
1997 Michael Vitez, Ron Cortes, and April Saul (Philadelphia Inquirer)
2008 Amy Harmon, (The New York Times)
2009 Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart (Los Angeles Times)
2011 Mark Johnson, Kathleen Gallagher, Gary Porter, Lou Saldivar and Alison Sherwood (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Specialized Reporting (3)

1985 Randall Savage and Jackie Crosby (Macon [Ga.] Telegraph and News)
1986 Andrew Schneider and Mary Pat Flaherty (Pittsburgh Press)
1990 Tamar Stieber (Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal)

Beat Reporting (7)

1991 Natalie Angier (New York Times)
1992 Deborah Blum (Sacramento Bee)
1998 Linda Greenhouse (New York Times)
2002 Gretchen Morgenson (New York Times)
2003 Diana K. Sugg (Baltimore Sun)
2005 Amy Dockser Marcus (Wall Street Journal)
2006 Dana Priest (Washington Post)
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