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Professional Women And The Message Of Purpose

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This chapter explores some of the key aspects in professional lives of women and what ways their faith influenced their work experiences. It begins by looking at the possibilities open to women in the workplace in South Africa, showing how black women in particular were the most marginalised economically under apartheid and that although new avenues had been cleared for them through Affirmative Action (AA) policies they were still the least represented in executive positions. The generational difference between professional women emerges, but issues of racism, gender and the emotional stress these women experienced as a result of their career success were general across the age spectrum of the cohort in this study and form the focus of the chapter. These issues are unpacked with particular reference to the manner in which their churches' assisted them in coping with the demands of their work environments.

Keywords: emotional stress; Grace Bible church; His People church; professional women; racism; South Africa



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