The phrase “you never know what someone is really going through until you walk in their shoes,” is something Barbara Ehrenreich took seriously. A writer who had a Ph.D. in biology decided to give up her whole life to research poverty in America. Yet, her research was a little different than most. Instead of interviewing different workers in the lower class she joined them and attempted to live on minimum wage. The way she researched this type of life gives a whole new look into what the lower class actually has to go through.
Also changing the oil, replacing the tires, checking up the car between time to time and the insurance is more expensive for people who are under the age of 25. Moreover the thing that most of the students are scared of is that moment when the car stops working and gets damage, especially at exam days. Also what makes the problem real is the cost of repairing the car. So buying a used car is not the right option. Her second choice is to rent an apartment close to school with a roommate for a year or rent a studio for a semester.
Not everyone can depend on their low wages to make it through life. Ehrenreich states that perfectly through the low wage jobs she took and the lives of other low wage workers. Their story was shared to inspire the people to take action and fight against the poverty low wage workers face everyday. 13. Overall, is the argument sound?
All this totals about $580 (Abrams, H). Making it difficult to afford cable, and make the smallest payment possible on all the bills causing one to slip into debt. This is reality for many of the people in the United States. At the current minimum wage level, a full time, year round minimum wage worker in 2005 will earn $5,378 less than the $16,090 needed to lift a family of three out of poverty (Minimum). Today the federal minimum wage is $5.15, but should be about $8.50 if Congress had adjusted it for inflation over the past 35 years.
In today’s society, the question of minimum wage is a large political topic. Many people argue that it is impossible to live on a minimum wage lifestyle. In her novel Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich looks into this issue. In an experiment in which she mimics the life of a single woman, she moves into the low-wage workforce in three different cities in America. Within these cities, she attempts to make a living off of low-wage work and records her experiences, as well as the experiences of the true low-wage workers around her.
Yes, in the book Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich did face problems when working minimum wage jobs. In each state, Ehrenreich works with different people, but having the same problems in the end. The challenges she faced was the different people she worked for, who seemed not to care about their employees as long as they came to work and did what they were told to do. The rules and regulations at each job were different, and never the same. All her fellow co-workers’ personalities were different.
This in a way could be an appeal of pathos also because your getting a fact, but it is a sad fact that you might feel for those people who have to work these kinds of jobs. The biggest appeal that Ehrenreich makes is after she ends up walking out of the housekeeping job/waitress job because she cannot handle it anymore." I have failed I don't cry, but I am in a position to realize, for the first time in many years, that the tear ducts are still there and still capable of doing their job." (Ehrenreich, 48) This is the biggest appeal because Ehrenreich is quitting on the whole project. She is basically telling the readers that it is impossible for her, a "well-off", woman to live the life of a low wage worker.
Barbara Ehrenreich's intent in the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America exhibited how minimum wage isn't enough for Americans to get by on and that there's no hope for the lower class. Her main objective was achieved by living out the life of the "working poor". During the three cases studies she worked many jobs that are worked by many that are simply striving to live day to day. The jobs she had didn't generate sufficient income to avoid or help her rise out of poverty, in fact the six to seven dollar jobs made survival considerably difficult. Enitially, she believe the jobs didn't require any skill but while on her journey she started to realize they were stressful and drained a lot of energy.
Ehrenreich say the answer is no. On average nation-wide hourly wage of $8.89 is an estimated amount to afford a one bedroom apartment, this is according the National Coalition of the homeless. However such “living wage” is not the solution. Ehrenreich continues her scientific experiment and plunged straight in to it, thinking maybe she will
First beginning with a recap of her childhood, and a discussion about how her family was borderline impoverished and that only until her father got a job as a miner, did her family escape to middle-class status (pg. 9). She then goes on to impose restrictions on herself to further solidify and to give her the most accurate experience of a working-class laborer. Rule one was that she could not, in her research for jobs, fall back on any skills derived from her education or usual work-not that there were a lot of want ads for essayist anyway. Rule two was that she had to take the highest paying job that was offered, and to do her best in holding on to it.