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  • Abileen had been with the Leefolts since Mea Mobley was born and took care of her every day. But Abileen had to use the bathroom outside
  • Miss. Leefolt's building me a bathroom outside cause she thinks I'm diseased
  • White babies had been being raised by colored maids for years. The maids loved the Babies and the babies loves them, until they turn into their mothers
  • "And it come in every white child's life – when they start to think that colored folks are not as good as whites."
  • Minny and Abileen were best friends, they told each other everything. Abileen told Minny a white lady asked to hear their stories and write a book, Minny said no.
  • The colored society wanted to change things but the only way most of the younger ones tried was thorough violence. Earlier that week a black worker who was beat almost to death for using a white bathroom.
  • "What I wanna know is what are we gone do about it!"
  • Because of this Abileen and Minny agreed to help Skeeter an aspiring journalist write a book about how the help treated. The book was filled with stories about things that white women do.
  • "Did you know growing up that one day you'd be a maid?"
  • "Yes ma'am. Yes I did."
  • The book got published by a big New York Company, it was a huge success! people began to see how wrong these things were and changed their ways. Minny, Abileen, and Skeeter made a big deference by writing that book.
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