Birthday wishes today to Joanna Russ, American writer, pioneer of feminist science fiction, and essayist. She's known for such work as the Alyx stories, that were collected as The Adventures of Alyx (1976), which ran counter to the gender stereotypes dominant in the genre at the time. Her fame was secured with the publication of The Female Man (1975) which became a feminist classic.
Although she hasn't been active in the genre recently due to health problems her reputation is assured. Happy birthday, Joanna, and many more.