Resilience and Triumph: Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories

Resilience and Triumph: Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories


By the Book Project Collective 


An eye-opening looking glass into the lives of Canadian immigrant women

Resilience and Triumph is a fascinating collection of personal stories from 54 racialized immigrant women who have made Canada their home over the last five decades. Women in their twenties to those in their seventies provide snapshots of their experiences of both welcome and exclusion, and paint a sobering picture of what has been—until now—a buried history. Faced with adversity, isolation, marginalization, patriarchy, and racism, the women outline their struggles, display their courage, and reveal the strength, inspiration, and resourcefulness that have helped them claim their place and make meaningful contributions to the nation.

A Feminist History Society Book

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About the Contributors

The Book Project Collective encompasses women from diverse cultural, linguistic, religious, and national backgrounds who share a passionate commitment to the community of immigrant and racialized women in Canada. It formed around a shared vision – to help those whose voices are muted and to articulate the life stories of those who are often differentiated as racialized "Others," "visible minorities," "newcomers," and "women of color."

  • Rashmi Luther is a retired academic (Carleton University) who continues to be engaged in community-based social justice activities, especially those concerning immigrants and racialized communities.

  • Dr. Vanaja Dhruvarajan is an adjunct professor at Carleton University, Canada who has done research, and written a number of books and articles on racialized women.

  • Ikram Jama is an educator, and an activist who is committed to contributing to the creation of an accepting and inclusive community.

  • Yumi Kotani is a committed practitioner of equity and inclusion for all, who is inspired by the sheer beauty of human diversity.

  • Dr. Monia Mazigh is an author and a human rights advocate.

  • Dr. Peruvemba S. Jaya is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa, researching immigrant women’s issues and experiences.

  • Lucya Spencer is an educator and community advocate who continues to work towards influencing change.

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Product Information

  • Release: October 6, 2015

  • $24.95 Paperback

  • 336 Pages

  • 6 x 9

  • Adult Nonfiction

  • ISBN: 9781927583852

Praise for Resilience and Triumph

"Resilience and Triumph is a great collection which leaves you with the feeling that you’ve just made 50 new friends. It’s rare to find such honest recollections of Canada’s opportunities, discrimination and affect on 50 women’s lives." - Broken Pencil

"What can one learn from this wonderful book? That we are all stronger than we think; that we are all uniquely different, yet we have more commonalities than differences; that patriarchy is alive and well, thank you; that women would rather be victorious than victims; that Canada has a long way to go in its treatment of immigrants, particularly female immigrants; and that this is Canada's loss." - Herizons

"Despite the very different cultural, social, and historical backgrounds of the stories, certain similarities are revealed in the experience of migration narrated by these racialized women: constant tensions between their contradictory worlds, barriers to integration due to their difference and 'visibility,' and reconciliation with their hyphenated identity, for example." - Canadian Literature