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Margaret Willson, Woman, Captain, Rebel: The Extraordinary True Story of a Daring Icelandic Sea Captain

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Thu, 02/23/2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Don't miss this presentation about a controversial woman in history who "fought for dignity and equality for underrepresented Icelanders." 

Listen to Margaret Bikman's interview with Margaret Willson here on KMRE!

We are still operating at a limited capacity for our in-person events so we recommend pre-registering on Eventbrite.


Woman, Captain, Rebel is a daring and magnificent account of Iceland’s most famous female sea captain who constantly fought for women’s rights and equality—and who also solved one of the country's most notorious robberies. Many people may have heard the old sailing superstition that having women onboard a ship was bad luck. Thus, the sea remains in popular knowledge a male realm. When we think of examples of daring sea captains, swashbuckling pirates, or wise fishermen, many men come to mind. Anthropologist Margaret Willson would like to introduce a fearless woman into our imagination of the sea: Thurídur Einarsdóttir.

"A compelling read and a parable of a life well lived despite overwhelming odds, Woman, Captain, Rebel is a book we all need now." -- Caroline Van Hemert, Ph.D., award-winning author of The Sun is a Compass

Anthropologist and writer, Margaret Willson has traveled extensively, in Brazil, Papau New Guinea, Mongolia, Australia, Europe and Iceland. Her eclectic nonacademic jobs have included abalone diving and being a deckhand on fishing boats off the south coast of Tasmania. She is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor with the Departments of Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington.

*Online registration closes one hour prior to the event. Spaces may be available at the door.

Woman, Captain, Rebel: The Extraordinary True Story of a Daring Icelandic Sea Captain By Margaret Willson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728240053
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks - January 31st, 2023