Minny Jackson is a 33-year-old African American maid who is best friends with Aibileen Clark. Minny eventually worked for Hilly, a mean and racist white woman but her 60-year-old mother, Missus Walters, likes Minny. She gets fired by Hilly for using her inside bathroom when there was a thunder-storm. Minny's abusive husband, Leroy, returns home one day after learning about what Minny had done to Hilly, and yells at her. Minny eventually finds another job and works for a lazy but sweet white woman, Celia and her husband, Johnny. Minny has 5 children: Leroy Jr, Benny, Felicia, Sugar, Kindra.