This is a place for us to take back the names of those who came before. We definitely recommend you research the lives and loves of all these famous women. Note: not all these folks identify as femme, but we couldn’t resist the pun.

Alice Walker

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Willa Cather

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Marina Tsvetaeva

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Virginia Woolf (obvi)

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Margaret Meade

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Susan Sontag

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Christine Delphy

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Sarah Orne Jewett

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Alice Dunbar-Nelson

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Florence Nightingale

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Barbara Jordan

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Katherine Lee Bates

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Lorraine Hansberry

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Eleanor Roosevelt

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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday poses in this May 20, 1947 photo. (AP Photo/HO)
Billie Holiday poses in this May 20, 1947 photo. (AP Photo/HO)

A’Leila Walker

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Greta Garbo

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Bessie Smith

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Frida Kahlo

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Gladys Bentley

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