Answer: Maya Angelou.
Maya Angelou was listed as an inspiration by thirteen differen OGOV poets, far more than Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath, who placed second with four mentions each.
The top ten:
Most Influential Female Artists
1. Maya Angelou, mentioned by 14% of poets
2. Emily Dickinson, 4%
2. Sylvia Plath, 4%
4. Ama Ata Aidoo, 3%
4. Efua Sutherland, 3%
6. Gwendolyn Brooks, 2%
6. Nikki Giovanni, 2%
6. Adrienne Rich, 2%
6. Wisława Szymborska, 2%
Almost all the writers listed are American, and of the Ghanaians (Aidoo and Sutherland), while both are poets, neither would traditionally be identified first and foremost as such. A lack of Ghanaian female poet-role models is evident here.
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