One of my favorite science fiction series of recent times is Warehouse 13.
In one series they encounter H.G. Wells, but it turns out to be a lady. Absurd you say, or is it?
I won't make the assumption that most of you have heard of George Elliot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eliot, but some people have. George Elliot is the pen name for Mary Anne Evans.
Until recently, to be considered seriously, women needed to use a pen name to get published; even today, in the age of enlightenment this barrier exists as one of the top US fantasy writers is Robin Hobb www.robinhobb.com/.
The coin does flip the other way as men are not usually associated with writing romance novels, that is one reason I wrote my romance www.amazon.com/dp/B075BJH2D2 in my name.