Elizabeth Bear (also known as matociquala), wrote an interesting column for Subterranean Press called "Dear Patriarchy". It addresses being a writer and being a woman.
Tamora Pierce (aka tammy212) wrote an interesting response over here. It addresses being a writer, being a woman, and dealing with the anti-female vibe in comics. Her post also contains a sort of call-to-arms.
I don't know if Pierce is serious or not, but if she is, I'm in.
This all reminds me of an essay I read quite a while ago. I thought it was by Emma Bull (AKA coffeeem), but now I can't find it. It was about reading sf&f as a kid and how, after a while, she stopped thinking of herself as a girl because all the protagonists in her favorite stories were boys. I wish I could find it. (Anybody remember me posting a pointer to it? I couldn't find it in my journal. Maybe I did it in a comment somewhere...)
I was interested by an off-handed comment in an article I read recently about The Golden Compass that said that His Dark Materials might have reached the levels of popularity of Harry Potter if not for Pullman's mistake of making his initial protagonist a girl, a problem he fixed by bringing a boy into almost equal prominence in the sequels.
Thanks for the links. Makes me wish, yet again, that I liked comics.