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Every March, we celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women during Women’s History Month.

Below are 10 powerful women who have shaped American poetry and inspired a new generation of female poets, curated by Staff Culture Writer Layomi Adeojo:Rupi KaurEmbed from Getty ImagesIf you’re on Instagram, you’ve likely stumbled across Kaur’s work.

Her poetry, which features bold writing coupled with simple, yet compelling illustrations, touches on themes like love, femininity and identity.

Emily DickinsonEmbed from Getty ImagesOne of the most famous poets in US history, Emily Dickinson ushered in a new era of poetry that experimented with non-traditional forms of poetry.

In addition to writing poetry, she has also authored a nonfiction book titled “Minor Feelings”, which provides a close examination of America’s racial consciousness and Anti-Asian racism.

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