I think many of the women featured in Fifty Women Who Fish were made to feel their place in the fishing world was not a given—it had to be earned. However, as Steve Kantner makes clear, that particular glass ceiling has been resoundingly shattered, reduced to the millions of grains of sand from which it was molded.
I feel a kinship with each of the women in this book. I count many of them as my friends. They, too, have followed their passion, whether on a shoestring budget or blessed with unlimited funds. They have distinguished themselves as research scientists and environmentalists, tirelessly searching for ways to sustain fisheries and protect habitats; as guides and boat captains; as champion casters and able teachers; as record holders and innovative tackle designers; as lodge owners and at the oars of a drift boat; or simply as quiet pursuers of a sport that takes them out of doors and far away from the din and pressures of everyday life.
As for the author, well, he’s chatty, wonderfully quirky, and always ready with a laugh or another story. Steve knows his stuff. He does justice to these women’s narratives and their legacies. I have thoroughly enjoyed being associated with this project and I’m delighted, as this important book nears publication, to call him “friend,” even though we’ve yet to meet!
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