Essay Barbara Ehrenreich 's Nickel And Dimed

1046 Words Aug 18th, 2015 5 Pages
After reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed, the arising response of outrage is germane. It all started when she wondered how the roughly four million women who were about to be booted into the labor force would make ends meet with their six or seven dollar an hour salary. This ended up sparking her project, spanning multiple months, where she put her life on hold and left everything behind to enter the field of service work. Travelling to various states working different minimum wage jobs, and seeing how she fares on the amount of money she is paid, Ehrenreich documents her endeavours in her book. Along with her journalistic skills, she helps illuminate the underside of capitalism. Using various outside sources along with her own personal experiences, she centers her work on those displaced by the welfare reform, and she shares the struggles and realities of being on the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. Her work contains many messages, all debunking common notions about the blue collar workforce. One example in particular being that there is no such thing as unskilled labor, and that “no job, no matter how lowly, is truly ‘unskilled’” (pg 193). This may come as a shock to the middle and upper class workers, seeing as how it is widely believed that any job paying six or seven dollars an hour must be too easy, and that anyone can hold a job at such a ranking. Ehrenreich quickly realized this belief to be completely untrue, as the various jobs she entered into over…

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