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.
Chapter 3: Redefining the Meaning of Work
Redefining the Meaning of Work
The product of both early experience and later influence, this style is your own way of dealing with external circumstances and with the inner distress that they stir up. (Bridges 1980:15)
I grew up in a township1 in the East Rand.2 Township life was, and still is, poor. Most of the working women and mothers in the neighbourhood were either factory workers or domestic workers in the suburbs. Occasionally, our friends would share with us a treat of dry lettuce-filled sandwiches or even better, spicy, oil-soaked crumbs that their mothers had collected from some fish-and-chips restaurant. My family was privileged in comparison. There was a geyser that supplied hot water from our coal stove. We had a ...