"Women Who Fly covers an enormous span of material, from ancient Indian goddesses and Valkyries to Wonder Woman and the very few women astronauts. But it reads like an adventure story, hundreds of individual adventures all seamlessly united by Serinity Young's extraordinary wide vision of the history of folklore and mythology. An inspiring and fascinating book."--Wendy Doniger, author of The Ring of Truth: and Other Myths of Sex and Jewelry
"From Sanskrit myth to the Wonder Woman comics, from Dante's guide in Paradise (the winged Beatrice) to Freud's interpretation of dreams of flying, Young masterfully weaves together a global history of women fleeing-by flying-the constraints of patriarchy. Young's superb writing guides the reader through the worlds of flying souls, counter heroes, witches, and Amelia Earhart. Young's unique choice of subject matter, religious studies background, and feminist insight give us much to contemplate, as the characters described soar off the page to enlighten us in this incredibly innovative history of ideas."--Walter Penrose, Jr., author of Postcolonial Amazons: Female Masculinity and Courage in Ancient Greek and Sanskrit Literature
"Ranging widely through myth, religion, and iconography, this story of 'sky-going females' highlights supernatural and human women who chafed at being bound by earthly constraints. Placed against this sweeping backdrop, the aspirations of modern aviators such as Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride are part of an ongoing power struggle between the sexes over who gets to fly, literally and symbolically." --Susan Ware, author of Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism
"[A] powerful and thought-provoking book... Highly recommended for readers of women's studies, gender studies, and mythology and comparative religion." --Library Journal
About the Author
Serinity Young is a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at New York's American Museum of Natural History. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures at Queens College.