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University of Regina Press

Women Who Dig
Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World
By (author): Trina Moyles By (photographer): KJ Dakin
9780889775275 Paperback, Trade English Higher Education SOCIAL SCIENCE / Agriculture & Food Mar 03, 2018
$34.95 CAD
Active 139.7 x 241.3 x 25.4 mm 300 pages 52 colour photographs University of Regina Press
Weaving together the narratives of female farmers from across three continents, Women Who Dig offers a critical look at how women are responding to and, increasingly, rising up against, the injustices of the global food system.

Beautifully written with spectacular photos, it examines gender roles, access to land, domestic violence, maternal health, political and economic marginalization, and a rapidly changing climate. It also shows the power of collective action.

With women from Guatemala, Nicaragua, the United States, Canada, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, and Cuba included, it explores the ways women are responding to, as both individuals and in groups, the barriers they face in providing the world a healthy diet.

Trina Moyles is a freelance writer, journalist, photographer, human rights activist, and community organizer. Her works of fiction and poetry have been published in many literary journals, and her journalism in many magazines and websites. Over the past ten years, Moyles has worked intimately with rural organizations and communities in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Canada, and East Africa. She focuses her research and writing on social and environmental justice, food security, nutrition, and gender equality. She lives in Peace River, Alberta.

As a photojournalist and writer, KJ Dakin aims to complement the power of images with the context of words. Look for her hitchhiking on the asphalt of Eastern Europe, treeplanting across British Columbia's rugged crags, or sipping whiskey in smoky watering holes from Nicaragua to Bosnia and South Africa.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Uganda
Chapter 2: Guatemala
Chapter 3: Nicaragua
Chapter 4: United States
Chapter 5: Canada
Chapter 6: India
Chapter 7: The New Congo
Chapter 8: Cuba


Key Selling Points
- beautifully written travel vignettes don't shy away from the struggles these women face: there are stories of sexual abuse, economic hardship, discrimination from the community, and unfair land inheritance processes--all issues that women farmers must overcome. 
- book is paper but will be printed on heavy stock (cover and interior) for a quality package. Photos are stunning and will take up full pages, with bleeds nearly to the edge.
- Info on the author can be found at

Forthcoming Endorsements

- will seek endorsements from Sarah Elton (author of Locavore and Consumed), Stephen Lewis, Raj Patel, Candace Savage, and others

Forthcoming Media Attention

- book reviews and/or profiles in major Canadian/U.S. publications, e.g. Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, New York Times, Literary Review of Canada, New York Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Macleans, The Walrus, etc.

- radio coverage on CBC's The Current and CBC Daybreak (Alberta), CBC Morning Edition (Saskatchewan)

- interviews/misc. coverage from CBC Books, Alternatives Journal, Briarpatch Magazine, Alberta Views, Eighteen Bridges, Maisonneuve, Glass Buffalo,, Georgia Straight, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina Leader-Post, Western Producer, and other local newspapers

- reviews in geography/development/women's studies journals and magazines

For more information contact

"Moyles's vibrant travel writing...and K.J. Dakin's color photographs bring these disparate locations to life and ensure that these women farmers' work will be invisible no longer: 'They will feed the world. They will remake history.'" Foreword Reviews

“An engaging testament to women’s substantial contributions to agriculture — and an important record of the challenges they continue to face." Amber Fletcher, associate professor of sociology and co-author of Women in Agriculture Worldwide

“The strength of Women Who Dig comes from the passionate and moving personal stories shared by the women Moyles meets around the world.” - Winnipeg Free Press

"This is an important and inspiring book." Alberta Views


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