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.
Part One: Struggles in the Workplace
Women experience pressures in a number of contexts: cultural, domestic, work and professional. Despite women professionals having the requisite qualifications and experience, they are continually undermined, undervalued, unsupported and marginalised. The stories from our contributing authors reflect their personal struggles in the workplace. Women find themselves in situations which they do not recognise as unfair and unjust. Many remain trapped and finally succumb.
The stories in Part One of the book bear testimony to the struggles that women face in the workplace.
Thenjiwe Magwaza interrogates the Western concept of ‘balancing work and life’—not about how to balance but questioning the need to comply with Western norms of balance. There are tensions between the women's personal identities and work roles. Which ...