Analysis Of Barbara Ehrenreich 's ' Nickle And Dimed ' Essay

756 Words Apr 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Women face many challenges in a male-dominated world. One in particular being finding employment to support their family that comes with a livable paycheck. Barbara Ehrenreich’s book “Nickle and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America” was mainly focused on poverty in the United States, but her experiences with low-wage employment display many struggles women have succeeding in our currently sex-stratified labor market. Her experiments in Florida, Maine, and Minnesota demonstrate how women’s work is continually devalued in our society through lack of available positions, as well as underpaying for jobs that are specifically targeted towards women.
A quick internet search on the term “stratification” gives us the definition “the state of having many layers” and “the hierarchical or vertical division of society according to rank, caste, or class” or in this case, gender. For many years men were the sole breadwinners of each household. As this continues to change women have had to force their way into the public sphere and out of the housewife mold. Before these working woman began making their headway, all professional careers were for men. As time goes on career paths are opening up for women but we are far from achieving true employment equality. This is the definition of a sex-stratified labor market. Layers of career opportunities. Some of which are easily accessible to women, some which require more effort, and some which are nearly impossible to infiltrate.
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