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Who Said Women Can’t Get Along?

Elizabeth Leslie

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0022
Who Said Women Can’t Get Along?

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In June 2005, the author of this chapter was sent to a drug rehabilitation program as an alternative to incarceration, called Project Greenhope Services for Women. Project Greenhope houses fifty-three women in multifaceted components (alternative to incarceration, outpatient, intensive outpatient, relapse prevention, and parolees). The author was elated to be out of jail, to have a chance to deal with her drug addiction, to visit her family on the weekend, and to serve her time in a safe environment. The only dilemma was being in an all-women facility because she dreaded the prospect of living with fifty-three women. This chapter challenges sexist and misogynist assumptions that women cannot support one another or get along with each other and describes the loving support she found from other women in her drug rehabilitation program. She also asserts that “women do need women” and expresses gratitude to all the women who helped her on her journey to self-knowledge and self-confidence.

Keywords: Project Greenhope Services for Women; women; drug addiction; drug rehabilitation; self-knowledge; self-confidence; support

Chapter.  2145 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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