Women Moving Forward: Narratives of Identity, Migration, Resilience, and Hope is an excellent example of ethnographic inquiry, revealing the normative behavior of women within specific cultural boundaries, while also illuminating the individual transcendence of norms in the quest for self-realization. The stories in Women Moving Forward are each unique in their depiction of culture and mores and allow the reader to catch a glimpse of the lives of women in various parts of the globe. Despite their variety, however, the stories are united in their core as they each validate the very human need to hope for a future that is fulfilling and, at least to some extent, self-constructed rather than imposed...this book cannot be missed. Associate Professor Beatriz Gonzalez Robinson, Ph.D., LMHC Vice President for University Planning and Chief of Staff, St. Thomas University State Coordinator, Office of Women in Higher Education Fellow, American Council on Education These are the stories that find voice in the human spirit. The simple, yet deeply moving narratives of everyday people who share an extraordinary experience - uprooting themselves from their native lands to seek the centuries-old dream of a better life in the United States. A new language, new culture, new political system. With opportunities to grow nearly offset by deep-seated prejudices that cause more than one to question the wisdom of their life-altering decision. Yet all persevere. All prevail. So, ultimately, these are the stories of everyday heroes (though none might admit to it). Pioneers, following the great American tradition that says, 'You are welcome here, and with hard work and patience, you too will realize your dream.' They hail from Cuba, Jamaica, and elsewhere, but each has made a new home in a strange new place without sacrificing their cherished traditions and values. And they and their adopted land are the better for it. So sit back and enjoy these twelve humble, yet beautiful tales. Raul Fernandez-Calienes and Judy Barr Bachay have given us a treasure. Brother Herman E. Zaccarelli, C.S.C. Formerly Director, Educational Conference Center, Kings College, Pennsylvania
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About the Author
Prof. Judith Barr Bachay, Ph.D., L.M.H.C., is from the U.S.A. She is Professor of Counselor Education at St. Thomas University, in Miami, Florida and serves as Coordinator of the Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling Program. She is the Founding Advisor of the Women United for Human Rights organization, and a founding member of the Center for Loss and Healing. She has authored two conflict resolution books for the Peace Education Foundation and is a network member of Women Waging Peace. Her research and publication agenda includes the intersection of race, gender, human rights, and peace. She is married to John Bachay, a feminist psychotherapist, and is the mother of Jessica, Jacqueline, and Daniel. The Rev. Prof. Raul Fernandez-Calienes, Ph.D., is from Cuba. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is currently Executive Assistant to the Dean and Visiting Associate Professor at the St. Thomas University School of Law. He has worked for many years in the areas of human rights and ecumenical relations with indigenous peoples and minorities, as well as with church and community organizations in the Americas and Australasia. Author of many publications in both English and Spanish, he is a sought-after researcher and editor. In addition, he has done editorial and/or production work for many award-winning authors, published in Australia, India, Korea, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S.A. He also has won a Fellowship for Human Rights Work from the Consortium on Rights Development and a Practicum Grant from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.