"Willson shows that contrary to dominant conceptions in Iceland, women have gone to sea, and she explains how the ideas regarding their participation have changed. This book is a very important contribution to the knowledge of maritime life in Iceland. With her vivid stories Willson brings Icelandic seawomen to life."
-Unnur Dis Skaptadottir, University of Iceland
"Willson insightfully uses Iceland to reflect larger global social and economic transformations, showing with passion and respect how the story of Iceland's seawomen is interwoven with the fabric of the nation's history. Beautifully written and empirically rich, this ethnography sheds light on how processes of modernization and neoliberalization resulted in women's systematic exclusion from production and power. Ultimately, however, Seawomen of Iceland reveals not only struggles of poverty and inequality, but also a newly told story of empowerment."
-Kristin Loftsdóttir, University of Iceland
"This beautifully crafted saga about women at sea is framed as a mystery: not only why so many Icelandic women fished in the past and today, with clues found in harsh rural choices and wage equality at sea, but also why this story is not well know. Willson's findings are hugely important to both maritime and gender studies."
-Bonnie McCay, author of Oyster Wars and the Public Trust
"Seawomen of Iceland is a fabulous book, part memoir, part ethnography. Too often the presence of women at sea has been treated as an exception to be explained, but in this book the history and reality of seawomen is treated as fact and the stories follow from that. It's about time!"
-Charles Menzies, University of British Columbia