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Annual Women Helping Women fundraiser going virtual

In place of its annual fundraising luncheon, canceled this year in accordance with social distancing requirements, the Women Helping Women Fund will present “A Conversation with MAID Author Stephanie Land,” a free event, via Facebook Live.

Beginning with an update on the fund’s 2019 State of Women and Children Report, the live event will feature a virtual fireside chat with author Stephanie Land and her memoir, “MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive,” hosted by KXLY’s Kris Crocker.

The inspiration for an upcoming Netflix series produced by John Wells and Margot Robbie and a New York Times Bestseller, the book chronicles Land’s life experience as a young, single mother, struggling to provide for her young daughter by working as a maid. Land’s journey was not an easy one.

“Even though this story is about the gritty work of cleaning houses and struggling to survive, to me it has always been about a mother wanting what’s best for her child,” Land said in a video discussing the book. “No matter how hard I worked, it never felt like enough. That I wasn’t enough.”

After escaping an abusive relationship with her daughter’s birthfather and spending time in a homeless shelter, Land was able to find work cleaning houses. Barely making minimum wage due to agency fees, she struggled for years to balance work with caring for her daughter, all the while facing the many societal stigmas against single mothers, and especially those in poverty. Her goal is to challenge those stigmas.

“Both the 2020 Resiliency Campaign and ‘A Conversation with MAID Author Stephanie Land,’ provide an opportunity for the Spokane community to be educated on the topics our women and children are facing,” said Women Helping Women Fund executive director Heather Hamlin.

The Women Helping Women Fund aims to fulfill the needs of underprivileged women and children in Spokane county through a series of grantee programs. The annual luncheon raises an average of $300,000; so far this year they have raised nearly $100,000.

To watch the event visit the Women Helping Women Fund Facebook page or visit secure.qgiv.com/event/womenhelpingwomen for more information.

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