March is Women’s History Month! Here at the Worlds of Complexity, we love celebrating and uplifting the amazing women who have impacted the world through their writing. Some of the most influential and profound works of literature have come from the minds of women such as Agatha Christie, Harper Lee, and Margaret Atwood.
Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express is just one of the highlights of her illustrious career. One of the best-selling novelists of all time, Christie has been a force in the literature world since her debut over 100 years ago with The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Her stories overwhelmingly focus on mysteries and the detectives that try to solve them. Agatha Christie was a trailblazer for women in literature and her legacy lives on to this day.
In 1960, Harper Lee published a novel that would become a staple of American modern literature. To Kill a Mockingbird is still one of the most popular novels to come from the American Gothic Period and is still used in many public school curriculums today. Aside from To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee found success with Go Set a Watchman. The novel was originally submitted to a publisher in 1957, but was not officially published until one year before her death in 2015. Harper Lee continues to prove that it is never too late to see your work brought to life.
Many may know The Handmaid’s Tale from the hit series on Hulu starring Elisabeth Moss, but the show is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. Published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale is just one part of Atwood’s legacy. Along with being a novelist, she is also a poet, literary critic, essayist, AND environmental activist. Margaret Atwood is truly an example of a woman succeeding in multiple roles.
As we reflect on women’s history this month, we encourage you to recognize the contributions these amazing women have made all year long. Agatha Christie, Harper Lee, and Margaret Atwood are all iconic novelists who have quite literally shaped the history of literature. We hope you learned something new about these amazing women in literature and are even more inspired to change the world through your writing!