Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Flight
How a few women fought to board planes, then fly
them, and finally to break through earth’s atmosphere into space.
The story of how women in Canada, from Newfoundland
to British Columbia, struggled to win a place in the world of air
travel, first as passengers, then as flight attendants and pilots, and,
finally as astronauts.
Anecdotes, sometimes humorous and always amazing,
trace these women’s challenges and successes, their slow march
over 100 years from scandal to acceptance, whether in Second World War
skies, in hostile northern bush country, and even beyond earth’s
From the time the first woman climbed on board a
flying machine as a passenger to the moment a Canadian woman
visited the International Space Station, this is an account of how the
sky-blue glass ceiling eventually
cracked, allowing passionate and determined “air-crazy” women the
opportunity to fly.
About the author:
Elizabeth Gillan Muir has taught Canadian history at the University of
Waterloo and University of Toronto. She has written extensively about
women in Upper Canada and recently published a history of Riverdale,
Toronto. Elizabeth holds degrees from Queen’s University, the Harvard
Business School and a PhD from McGill University.
She lives in Toronto.
This is a timely book, as a Canadian astronaut, I have had the privilege
of working with astronauts Roberta Bondar and Julie Payette. I am proud
to have worked with such accomplished women and I am delighted that
Elizabeth Muir has penned this timely tribute to Canadian women in the
sky, including two who made it all the way to space. Along the way,
these women made all Canadians proud. True pioneers, every one of them.
(Marc Garneau, MP, former astronaut)
Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 Years of Flight
by Elizabeth Gillan Muir, Kindle e-Book or Paperback edition, 176 pages
amazon.ca and other booksellers.
Published by Dundurn Press, November 14, 2015
ISBN – 10: 1459731875, ISBN – 13: 978 - 1459731875