UNTOLD RESILIENCE

A TIMELY & UPLIFTING BOOK OF TRUE STORIES

Through these women who have gone before, we can find inspiration and comfort, and rebuild faith in our own futures.

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What does it take to find courage in the midst of deprivation and devastation? Why are some people able to continue living with purpose, even when faced with loss and despair? How does our community turn challenge into triumph? And what can we learn from the exceptional women in our midst who have done just that?

It might feel like we are living in unprecedented times but ours is not the first generation to withstand upheaval as seismic as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. In every town and suburb in Australia, there are women from older generations who have encountered unimaginable difficulties before; women who have endured and survived. Their stories are proof of the incredible resilience of the female spirit.

Based on hours of interviews from their homes during lockdown, in Untold Resilience the all-female journalistic team at Future Women uncovers the real-life accounts of a diverse and fascinating collection of women. In doing so they have drawn on the deep wisdom and perspective that can only be gained from a life fully lived.

Our history books have long been dominated by men’s triumphant tales but there are also lessons to be learned from the quiet, modest and largely untold experiences of women. With warmth and candour, 19 ordinary, and yet truly remarkable, individuals share their experiences of pandemic, poverty, famine, war, violence and discrimination.

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Untold Resilience in the wild

ABC NEWS BREAKFAST
Michael Rowland and Lisa Millar spoke to Jamila about how she first got the idea for Untold Resilience and a little more about the women within its pages WATCH NOW

EXCERPT FROM LIZ COLES, AS SHARED ON THE GRACE TALES
“The young paediatrician, for whom it was probably the first time he’d had to deliver this sort of news, said that my newborn would never grow up. He told me that I should ‘try to love him if you can’. He then handed me the most awful reading material, You and Your Mongoloid Child, written in 1963, featuring some severe cases of Down syndrome. I wish I had kept it...” READ NOW

JAMILA RIZVI WRITES FOR THE SMH ON THE NEW FRIENDS WHO HELPED HER THROUGH
"Hello? Are you there? It’s me, Jamila and no, no you don’t know me. But I was wondering if you’d like to share the most intimate and defining stories of your life with me?" READ NOW

HER CANBERRA SPOKE TO JAMILA RIZVI
“Every life is important and meaningful, and as you discover while reading Untold Resilience, each of these women has lessons to impart for another generation. Their lives won’t be imprinted on the pages of history but their stories are valuable nonetheless. I think there is great power in the common experience of women, across generations and cultures.” READ NOW

9HONEY WRITES ABOUT UNTOLD RESILIENCE
“There's some comfort to be had in knowing almost everyone is dealing with something challenging. Hardships, particularly those involving loved ones, can feel lonely and too often it falls on the primary carer to make sure everyone is okay. You are about to meet some extraordinary women who have not only dealt with extraordinary challenges, but who've survived them.” READ NOW

UNTOLD RESILIENCE IN THE WOMEN'S AGENDA CULTURE WRAP
“All my life, I have been buoyed by the stories of women who have come before me. Future Women have published a searing, heart-felt and inspiring collection of first person stories of Aussie women across the nation during the pandemic. Our contributor Kristine Ziwica spoke to 92-year old Melburnian Faye Snaith about the frugality and resilience that saw her through the worst of the lockdowns in her city.” READ NOW

JAMILA RIZVI'S INTRODUCTION
“Nan died in 2013. Before MERS, the Ebola breakout of 2014 and of course, before COVID-19. In those self-indulgent minutes spent on the bathroom floor in the middle of March 2020, I desperately tried to draw on her wisdom and resilience. I wanted her assurance that people had survived worse and we would survive this too.” READ NOW

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"These women’s resilience proves even the most heartbreaking personal events can be survived, that grief requires patience."

–HELEN MCCABE

PODCASTS

Hear from Jamila, Helen and some of the incredible women from Untold Resilience

THE GUILTY FEMINIST
Jamila Rizvi talks 'Lived Experience' with special guests Colleen Hickman, Val Reilly and Donatella Rovera. LISTEN NOW

FEED PLAY LOVE
Helen McCabe talks about her own inspiring grandmother, and what she's learnt from listening to so many different stories of resilience. LISTEN NOW

ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN
Jamila Rizvi and Astrid Edwards explore the concept of fortitude in both life and literature... and Jamila introduces Untold Resilience: Stories of courage, survival and love from women who have gone before. LISTEN NOW

"I needed a compass of personal fortitude, someone who could give me direction and perspective in the midst of this bewildering global crisis that threatened to swallow my sensibility entirely. There were so many ‘what ifs’, not only for me and the people I cared about but for humanity as a whole."

— JAMILA RIZVI

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EVENTS

FW LIVE WITH CATHERINE MCGREGOR AM: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 AT 4:00PM
Author, commentator and contributor to our new book Untold Resilience, Catherine McGregor AM, spoke with Helen McCabe about resilience and courage. JOIN NOW TO WATCH THE REPLAY

UNTOLD RESILIENCE BOOK LAUNCH: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 AT 4:00PM
We met some of the 19 courageous and inspiring women who are featured in Untold Resilience and the Future Women journalistic team.

THE DOWNLOAD
Helen McCabe and Jamila Rizvi discussed our new book, Untold Resilience, and the incredible resilience of the female spirit. With special guest, Be Ha. NOW JOIN TO WATCH THE REPLAY