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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.

Our Lives with Mother and Alzheimer's Illness
Our lives with mother and Alzheimer's illness

This story is about a 78-year-old woman who was once very strong. She fought, struggled and survived during the apartheid years, raising three kids and now has become a child herself, because of Alzheimer's. Many a night my mum sat at my bedside as I was a sickly child. Doctors did not think I would live to be 12 years and my mum did not think I would see my 21stbirthday. In 2006 I turned 42. Although Prudence, my sister, did not have a good relationship with my mum she decided to look after her anyway. Prudence one day said to one of my colleagues that she always thought Arlene would be ...

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