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Working Women
Stories of Strife, Struggle and Survival

First Edition
  • Kogi Naidoo - University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Fay Patel - Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

October 2009 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Working Women: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Survival contains narratives pertaining to the challenges, struggles and success stories of women in the workplace who come from diverse cultures and social backgrounds. The essays discuss the struggles of women who were marginalized but who fought for recognition, dignity, and respect in their workplaces and personal lives. The narratives cross cultural boundaries presenting multiple dimensions of the struggle and success of women from different walks of life.

This book brings hope for those who continue to suffer in silence. This multi-cultural anthology of essays highlights women's perspectives on a wide range of issues: survival in the workplace, spirituality and religion, empowerment and financial independence, and health and wellness. It provides a space for women to present their lived realities within a global context.

Given its racy and lucid narrative style, this book will interest a wide audience including working women from various backgrounds, women's groups and non-governmental organizations. It would also interest those involved in women's studies, gender studies, organizational culture and communication, sociology and human resource management.


Harsh Suri
Foreword
 
PART I: STRUGGLES IN THE WORKPLACE
Thenjiwe Magwaza
Experiences of a Black South African Woman
Heide Kaminski
Single Motherhood in America: My Struggle
Millicent Daweti
Redefining the Meaning of Work
Maureen Lewis
Moving and Mixing: Stories of Migrant Women in New Zealand
 
PART II: EXPLOITATION IN THE WORKPLACE
Kay Sexton
Homeless Women and the Choices They Make
Shelda Debowski
Pencilled in at the Margins: Dealing with Bullies at Work
Shirley Mthethwa-Sommers
Gender Equity in a Post-Apartheid South Africa
Lynne Hunt
In Search of a Title
 
PART III: HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Arlene Fester
Our Lives with Mother and Alzheimer's Illness
Nokujabula Myeza and Dennis Francis
'Openly Positive': Living and Working with HIV/AIDS
Nirmala Gopal and Reshma Sookrajh
Children Left Behind: Voices(Ukhuhebeza) of HIV+ Mothers
 
PART IV: HAVING FAITH: RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS
Sheila Chirkut
Cultural Identities of South African Hindu Women
Anniekie Ravhudzulo
Spiritual Strength in Overcoming Adversity
Arlene Fester
Finding Work in the New Democracy
 
PART V: FINDING SPACES: WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT
Robyn Andrews
Living and Working in Calcutta: Jane's Story
Diane Saarinen
Surviving with a Disability in New York City
Vivian Besen Ojong
Gendered Spaces: Men in Women's Places Vivian
Sita Venkateswar
Poverty, Empowerment and Grass-roots Democracy: Defining Participatory Approaches
 
PART VI: CONCLUSION
Fay Patel
Locating Women's Struggles in a Cultural Context

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