“A Marvelous Victory”
This concluding chapter summarizes key themes. This book is the story of women moving, and sometimes not moving, in the context of enormous corporate power. It also explores the consequences of keeping silent and speaking out. In the lives of women who remained silent—like the dealers who kept their heads down at work and chose instead to pursue happiness individually or management women who cast their lot with the corporation—the cost seemed very high. In the lives they led, money flowed more easily, but so did sadness and despair. As for the women who acted, several factors stood at the heart of their activism and of the transformation they experienced. Among these were poverty; a close experience with power and an embodied consciousness that the interests of those in power were not their own interests; and a willingness to act collectively and militantly, even when they were afraid. The chapter concludes by discussing Las Vegans' experience of September 11th and its aftermath, which illustrates the difference between corporate “non-responsibility” and union workers' engagement.
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