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.