"Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America" - Barbara Ehrenreich - Harper's

"Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America" - Barbara Ehrenreich - Harper's

by: Barbara Ehrenreich | publication date: January 1, 1999 | Publication: Harper's | journal issue: January 1999 | pages: pp37-52

"At the beginning of June 1998 I leave behind everything that normally soothes the ego and sustains the body -- home, career, compansion, reputation, ATM card -- for a plunge into the low-wage workforce. There, I become another, occupationally much diminished 'Barbara Ehrenreich' -- depicted on job-application forms as a divorced homemaker whose sole work experience consists of housekeeping in a few private homes. I am terrified at the beginning, of being unmasked for what I am: a middle-class journalist setting out to explore the world that welfare mothers are entering, at the rate of approximately 50,000 a month, as welfare reform kicks in. . . . "

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