Women At Work

As the millions of readers who made “The Help” a publishing phenomenon know, the novel explores the poignantly modest aspirations and profound humiliations of black maids in Mississippi in the 1960s. It’s a story of racial injustice, reconciliation and sweet, overdue revenge.

It’s also a story of female grit and solidarity — of strength through sisterhood. I was reminded of that early this week when I saw an advance screening of the movie version, which opens Wednesday.

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