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According to Newton's third law of motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The Third Law shows us that even as women work to change their lives there are forces pushing back on that change, societal obstacles that must be overcome and internal demons that must be squelched. It explores what is required for chronically unemployed and impoverished w ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Gilpin House Press
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Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the The Third Law over just two days, intensely drawn into Tamra Ryan's painful and inspiring portraits of women living at the margins of our society. Ryan is the CEO of a non-profit in Denver called Women's Bean Project that provides transitional employment to chronically un-
and under-employed women. Most of the participants in their program have served prison time for felonies (often drug-related), battle mental illness and addiction, and come from poverty-stricken, abusive backgrounds
Jennifer Hunt
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have supported the Women's Bean Project for a few years. I can't remember where I first heard about it but I've been donating to them and attending their annual holiday open house for the past few years. This book really opened my eyes as to the importance of this not-for-profit. I had no idea the struggles that these women go through until I read the book. It's disheartening that the system is working against them when they are trying to do everything to get back on the right foot. Hopefully ...more
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Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of books about poverty this year. This one was an easier, more engaging read than most of them. I liked how honest the author was about her own biases and judgment of the population she works with and how those changed over time with personal relationships and getting to know the women. I work a lot with families in poverty and volunteers who come from anything but poverty. The author's original biases and then transformation is something I see from many of our volunteers who are ...more
Laura Brandenburg
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tamra has helped me learn so much about how our laws and systems make it difficult for those facing critical issues - poverty, lack of family support, abuse, and addiction - to make and sustain a positive change. I'm leaving Tamra's book more sympathetic and more informed. Tamra tells beautiful and heart-breaking stories which can't help but change your perspective. Thank you for pouring your soul into the Bean Project - a big part of the solution - and this book. ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excited to speak on a panel with this author in Denver at the Social Enterprise Alliance Conference!
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very educational about the obstacles these women endure trying to change their lives
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