Skeeter gets a job at the Jackson Journal writing about relationships and housework, two things she knows nothing about so she meets with Aibileen to help her answer questions readers send in. Skeeter gets inspired to write a book about interviews with the local maids telling their point of view.
Aibileen and Minny agree to work with Skeeter on the book. After Hilly's maid, Yule May, steals her ring to pay for her son's college, she is fined and sentenced to 4 years in the state penitentiary. 11 maids then agree to tell their stories for Skeeter's book.
In December, Skeeter learns that Constantine is dead. After Constantine's' daughter, Lulabelle, and Skeeter's mother got into an argument she was fired and moved to Chicago. Three months after she died.