We regularly dismiss these people as nearly invisible and they drop into the background of our normal routines. But they are real people with quite real and serious problems and, even by conservative estimates, there are millions of them struggling to persist each and every day. What makes this book so riveting is that Ehrenreich doesn’t document the daily life of the working poor by analyzing government statistics or observing people from some distant location. Rather, Ehrenreich becomes a member of the working poor and her goal is quite simple, she wants to find out whether she could match her income to her expenses. Nickel and Dimed is a story that details the results of Ehrenreich’s “hands–on experiment” but it raises concerns that go far beyond her original goal.
Why are low wage workers paid so little for what they do, are there jobs easy to do and useless to soc... ... middle of paper ... ...any people, they get so little raise no matter how hard they work. A lot of low wage workers can’t support their families, they need to work over time or even work seven days a week. So many low wage workers work two or three jobs just to scratch a living and support their families. Big businesses don’t consider helping their hard working employees by giving them a raise, because so many low wage workers are afraid to speak they are afraid from losing their jobs. I think that the best solution for this problem is to pass a law that require all employers to increase their wages every year according to the profits they make.
However, because the mother is trying so hard to juggle more than one job at a time she has less time with her daughter. During the Great Depression it was next to impossible to find a job. The mother would have less stress in her life if she had a strong dependable job with flexible hours so she could be with her daughter. The mother cannot care for her daughter to her full potential when all she is doing is working just to keep her daughter nourished, healthy and safe. The mother's character is living in a world where the word well-off is next to impossible to comprehend, "[she] found a job hashing at night so [she] could be with her days."
Her logic is troublesome as well. She begins her research to see if the functioning poor have some financial endurance tactics that the center class don’t know regarding, and decides at the conclusion that no, they don’t, as if admitting that this would signify the poor are imp... ... middle of paper ... ...y (or don't) in low-wage jobs in the United States. To perform this, she exhausted several months finding and operational low salary jobs while living on the budgets those jobs permitted. (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0805063889/102-7245049-5615318?vi=glance) References Kathy Quinn, Barbara Ehrenreich on Nickel and Dimed, http://www.dsausa.org/lowwage/Documents/Ehrenreich.html Scott Rappaport, 'Nickel and Dimed' author Barbara Ehrenreich to speak, http://www.ucsc.edu/currents/02-03/01-27/lecture.html Spotlight Reviews, http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0805063889/102-7245049-5615318?vi=glance The Connection, http://archives.theconnection.org/archive/2001/06/0625a.shtml The Labor Lawyer, www.bnabooks.com/ababna/laborlawyer/18.2.pdf Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in Americam www.growinglifestyle.com/prod/0805063889.html
The women around the world working in production plants are dehumanized. For the rest of their lives they will only know how to work in hard labor. Hard labor doesn’t have to be physically taxing; it can also be mentally taxing. Jobs like bar girls, prostitutes, and hostesses are mentally taxing on these women. Pleasing other men every night for only their pleasure just to make ends meet does not bring positive thoughts to a woman’s mind.
This makes attending to health needs even more challenging for low-wage workers and they are forced to go to work regardless of their health conditions. Working class minorities, especially, rarely have employer provided health insurance, and 30% have limited or no health insurance at all. Moreover, a PBS study states that 62% of low-wage workers are women, yet I believe there are even less guaranteed health benefits for female workers than men. According to CNN, The U.S. is the only industrial nation that does not guarantee paid maternity leave for working mothers. I believe that this forces mothers, especially low-wage working mothers to stay at work longer before giving birth as well as return back to work quicker, even if it may cause health risks to them and their child.
People all over the globe get to the United States in hopes of becoming rich with minimal effort yet, many Americans are suffering, earning minimum wage which has developed quickly in America. In Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (2001), it illustrates how it’s like for an unskilled women to be forced into the labor market by the welfare reform. Many women’s work endless hours and still are not able to make ends meet to fulfill necessary needs to sustain their household. In order to receive a better understanding Barbara went undercover, abandoning her lifestyles as a journalist and her existing situation to work various minimum wage jobs just to ascertain out if it’s indeed possible to survive on low paying occupations. In Nickel and Dimed, Barbara uses vivid description and sarcasm to present the dark existence of low wage worker.
Welfare reform caused many families surviving with the help of the government to go out and look for jobs despite their need for childcare that they could not afford. Barbara Ehrenreich, a journalist with a PhD, decided to find out how life would be like living on minimum wage labor. During her journey, we see that labor has not changed majorly because laborers are not paid fairly and they are declined their rightfully owned rights. Although women are allowed in the workplace, an eight hour work day is established, and we have a minimum wage, many are still struggling to make it because the system simply does not work unless you are running the show. Her journey begins as she begins applying at many places in Key West, Florida, where she lives.
In order to exemplify, chapter one in the book dealt with the fact that Barbara's severely low pay... ... middle of paper ... ...d the fact that every time she moved into a different state, she found work and a decent place to stay with money in hand. It was not her intention to help those who are of the working class. She did not suffer any great damages. And at no point in time did she go without bare necessities such as the individuals that lead the life she lived for a few months. The book overall was not exciting and did not generate me to feel any thoughtful emotions for what she experienced traveling from Florida to Maine and Minnesota.
Social Welfare: America Needs a Solution A single divorcee’ mother of two is working a minimum waged job that doesn’t pay life’s cost of survival. Not only does this mother have to take care of herself, she has children that need shelter, nourishment, and stability. In order for that to be possible, help is needed. Most people, majority is fathers, have too much pride to ask for help because of the image. Being on social welfare promotes the ego dropping image that one cannot provide for themselves or their family.