Working Against Odds: Stories of Disabled Women's Work Lives

Working Against Odds: Stories of Disabled Women's Work Lives

by Mary Grimley Mason
     
 

ISBN-10: 155553631X

ISBN-13: 9781555536312

Pub. Date: 08/24/2004

Publisher: Northeastern University Press

Mason (English, emerata, Emmanuel College and women's studies, Brandeis U.) draws upon her own experience while describing the lives of a group of working women with disabilities. She reveals how they dealt with the "double discrimination" they faced as both women and people of difference, and how the personal challenges of their disabilities paled beside the blatant…  See more details below

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Mason (English, emerata, Emmanuel College and women's studies, Brandeis U.) draws upon her own experience while describing the lives of a group of working women with disabilities. She reveals how they dealt with the "double discrimination" they faced as both women and people of difference, and how the personal challenges of their disabilities paled beside the blatant discrimination they faced in seeking meaningful work. She also describes how many learned how and where to make a place for themselves in the working world, and the particular challenges of women with "invisible" disabilities—whose differences can pass unnoticed on the street but not in the interview room. She includes a glossary and selected readings but not an index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555536312
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
08/24/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction3
1The Way We See Ourselves
Debbie: "My disability is not who I am. It's something I happen to have."19
Elaine: "We've lived with this disability all our lives; we know what our bodies feel."26
Virginia: "[It was] my first inkling of what it was like to have a difference."34
Doris: "A friend said, 'I've always been amazed that you continue to reinvent yourself.'"42
Louisa: "I don't have to make an apology."50
Alice: "I have come a long way. I am so proud of myself."56
2The Way the World Sees Us
Helen: "You are put into this box."71
Barbara: "You need to know that I feel invisible in this room."78
June: "[I have seen] two worlds colliding."85
Robin: "I don't think any able-bodied person really understands what is involved in becoming disabled."92
Eleanor: "I used to shut out hearing people and stay within deaf circles of friends, but I was wrong."101
Carol: "What do you mean there's something wrong with you?"107
3The Way We Work
Adrienne: "I love going to work."121
Sally: "When I ended up in a wheelchair, I knew absolutely that I had to change my image."131
Kristen: "I just really think if you have a visible disability, you're not going to get a job."138
Judith: "We need a new definition of work."144
Alicia: "Find your own life work."150
Lauren: "I was a complete workabolic. All I did was my business"154
Epilogue165
Notes173
Glossary177
Suggested Readings181

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