I'm particularly interested in the contactee era, including female contactees. It seems that the female contactees aren't as well known, but there were female contactees, like Dana Howard, sisters Betty and Helen Mitchell, and Elizabeth Klarer. Adding to the list of female contactees is Greg Bishop's (UFO Mystic) item on contactee Mollie Thompson.
Thompson recorded songs about her meetings with space people. Here's what she had to say in a fairly recent letter (she's still alive):
I’m sure you have guessed by now that I never actually met and spoke with flesh and blood space people in silver suits who had arrived in their vehicles: flying saucers or UFO’s.
Vehicle is the key word here; my songs were the vehicle to carry my thoughts and ideas out into the world. But as for who wrote them ?? I was NOT telling lies when I said that it was not me…certainly not the “me” that is sitting here writing this.
This is, I think, part of the phenomena. It's easy to dismiss the contactees as nothing more than liars, frauds. But I've always thought there was something more going on there than just the simplistic, knee jerk reaction that they were all kooks and hucksters. While possibly not literal experiences, they were still real experiences. Not unlike the abduction phenomena. (For example, my own experiences.)
I found this item to be a bit of synchronicity; just yesterday I came across this quote from Allen Hynek: "The part we ignore…may contain the clue to the whole subject." ~ The UFO Experiece: A Scientific Inquiry. I liked it so much I put it up on my Orange Orb blog.
Greg Bishop's article on Thompson is full of information, like links leading to a site about Thompson and YouTube videos.