Episode 8 of 24. A reading from the book Policies of Exclusion, Poverty & Health: Stories from the front. Compiled, with Introduction and Reports by Chrystal Ocean. Copyright 2005.
[I confess to having favourites. This is one of them. Within the space of a few sentences, Glenna manages to move readers to tears, laughter, fury, and cheer - truly, one feels like slapping a high-five and yelling Go Girl! to the rooftops.]
In her mid-fifties at the time of this telling, Glenna has worked since the age of 14. Born into poverty, her tale challenges the common perception that a life in poverty means a life without riches or meaning. Glenna has faced multiple, endless barriers, but these have had less to do with her upbringing, which was warm and supportive, than with how society treats i) people without money, ii) women - especially those without money, and iii) people, particularly of categories i and ii, who speak out against the discrimination.
Be prepared: have tissues handy, allow room for pacing, and drink your tea in sips - guffaws can be messy.
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