The Awesome Woman of the Day for Wednesday, May 16, 2012 is Joanna Johnson (US actress, writer, and producer) born December 31, 1961. She is best known for her work on the Bold and the Beautiful, a television soap opera in the United States, but she just did something very very brave: she came out as gay and married in an industry - and a particular subset of that industry - in which conventional wisdom counsels performers to stay closeted.
Soap operas, in particular, are an intergenerational media outlet, and, by coming out, Ms. Johnson is reaching people of all ages who have been having her into their homes every day for years. And she does it at no small risk to her. This is a brave and helpful thing she has done. Awesome.