As everyone knows, no women wrote, or even read, science fiction before 2014. Indeed, historians disagree as to whether women even existed prior to the 21st century. Maverick historians like Amanda Foreman have advanced the theory that the human race would not exist if there were no women around to have children, but for those most part this idea is given no more credence than similarly far out concepts such as evolution and “round Earth” theory.
Nevertheless, people like Foreman keep coming up with these crazy ideas. Recently the Coode Street Podcast interviewed Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who is utterly convinced that women not only read science fiction in the 20th century, but actually wrote it as well. You may think that this is controversial, but Ms. Rusch does have a fairly convincing argument. Failing all else she does a really good rant. I recommend it.
I’ll probably write more about this later. I think I want to listen to it again and take notes. I’ll probably also be dropping Ms. Rusch an email. In the meantime you might want to check out her new website which is devoted to her Women in Science Fiction project.