[Joanna] Russ had no patience for a genre predicated on the notion of speculative technologies but unable to imagine social institutions and women’s roles in them as freely. She would surely have objected to some of the stories in The Future Is Female. Nevertheless, nearly three hundred women writers were published in the pages of Galaxy, Astounding Science Fiction, New Worlds, Startling Stories, and other magazines in the decades before her essay. How did history lose track of so many of them?
This book review by Nicole Rudick doubles as an outstanding essay on the history of female writers of speculative fiction. Well worth a read.