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 5: Homeless Women and the Choices They Make
Homeless Women and the Choices They Make
When Mandy walked through the Mecca Brighton doors, she was made small by the beauty around her. Mandy's mother used to come here, before she died, ‘in tragic circumstances’. The circumstances have been tragic only for Mandy. When the end came, mum must have thought she had struck lucky for the first time and only time.
Once, when Mandy was working for Mrs Phillips, she was required to relocate the ironing board and a hamper of Mr Phillips shirts to the living room to watch a documentary about Faberge eggs. Mrs Phillips was full of such insistencies. ‘Mandy, listen to the Afternoon Play today while you clean the oven, you'll enjoy it’, or ...