Barbara began her journey of living in poverty in Key West, FL with a car and enough money to provide housing. She attempted to gain unskilled employment by filling out a number of applications at a variety of different jobs where she was confronted with written applications, computer interviews, and drug testing. She also learned in the world of minimum wage, it helps to be English speaking, White, sometimes even female. In spite of being privileged to work as a waitress rather than a housekeeper, she soon discovered that her wages were not enough ...
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...anybody other than herself. Twenty-two percent of kids under the age of 18 are living below the poverty line (http://npc.umich.edu/poverty/#5) , Barbara did not have to provide for pets or kids which would of changed her experience altogether of living in poverty. Not to belittle Barbara’s experience, but many factors of what life is like living in poverty were not taken into consideration during her journey.
Barbara however puts together a great read and shines light on an epidemic in America. She illustrates a first hand encounter of what living life in poverty even for a privileged individual like herself. I would recommend this read for anybody interested in the problem of poverty in America. More importantly if her experience left her feeling short of some nickels and dimes and the top of the minimum wage world, how might the lower end of the ladder feel?
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