SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stephanie Land, bestselling author of “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive,” and inspiration for the 2021 Netflix miniseries, will be at Universal Preservation Hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.
With “Maid,” Land recounts a harrowing saga as a single mom trying to make ends meet for herself and daughter. Her journey reveals the real culprits of her situation: domestic violence, unmanageable minimum wages, high housing costs, and systems that sometimes create more barriers than solutions.
The event is co-sponsored by Wellspring, the domestic violence and sexual assault resource for Saratoga County, and Business for Good – the local privately-funded foundation formed in 2020 that seeks to give back.
“The impact of Maid – both the book, and show – have already impacted Wellspring’s services” said Wellspring’s Executive Director, Maggie Fronk, in a statement. “A client recently called our hotline and shared, ‘I’ve been having a lot of emotions come up lately and I think it’s because I’ve been watching the show, Maid, on Netflix. I always knew I was in an abusive relationship but watching the show has really empowered me and made me feel like I could leave.’ Already the book and show have been transformational. We think this event will only deepen the impact,” Fronk said.
Prior to the event, Wellspring will host a four-part conversation series to discuss important themes highlighted throughout the book and Netflix’s show. The series - which takes place April 7, 14, 21 & 28 - will focus on why simply just leaving an abusive partner is so complex, and sometimes unsafe.
All events are free. For more information and to register, visit: wellspringcares.org/maid.