On the other hand my aunt did go to college and make twenty-four dollars an hour but is still paying back student loans so after paying all of her stuff back she only makes around fifteen dollars an hour that she gets to bring back and that doesn’t include taxes. That is why I do not think college is a good choice to make in
(Capital ... ... middle of paper ... ...protecting families. Professional working mothers who cannot work 50 or more house a week are often barred from the fast track and put on the mommy track. (Willams, 2010) On the mommy track they might receive more flexibility but they lose chances for advancement. Professional who uses flexible work arrangements may be seen as less valuable than those who are willing to work long hours every week. The part-time work given to hourly employees is often paid with low wages that make it hard to even pay for daycare.
There are frequent footnotes in the novel, many of them containing statistics about low-wage lifestyles. One claims that “In 1997, a living wage for a single parent supporting a single child in the Twin Cities metro area was $11.77 an hour” (Ehrenreich 127). Throughout the novel, Ehrenreich never gets paid this much in any of her jobs. In fact, she is amazed when a potential wage for a job is “not $8.50 but an incredible $10 an hour” (Ehrenreich 142). Even living on her own Ehrenreich could hardly pay for the basic necessities to live, it would have been impossible to do so with a child to care for as well.
Poor people are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. The cost of living per month for a single, childless person in America is $2,372. Galbraith stresses importance of improving housing across the nation. (Galbraith 405) With unemployment rates remaining high, jobs are hard to find in the current economy. Even if people can find work, this does not automatically provide an escape from
So it means that women income made no change in a family income compared to the man income. According to researches made by ‘’ institute for women’s policy researches” If the change continuous as the same slow rate a it has done for the past fifty years, it will take almost 50 years for women to finally reach pay parity.” So, it has been proved that the rate of the income between men and women will almost be constant. also working women do not get the benefit from the money they gain because they use it to pay for a baby sitter or maid as replacement for the mother in home. Thus there are no acute financial benefits from working women. In addition to that, the working women increase the taxes as well it is like they earn money and pay it in another way as taxes.
Outsourcing creates a loss in secure work and leaves people with retail and restaurants jobs, where there is little to no employee benefits and are essentially dead end jobs. Barbara Ehrenreich, “Nickel-and-dimed on (Not) Getting By in America”, talks about her undercover experience working a low wage job and the difficulties living with those financial constraints (1998). She concludes that her wage needs to be increased by about two more dollars an hour to really be a livable wage. That was in 1998 and almost 20 years later we are still facing the same issue. The lack of a livable wage cause some workers to take on two, three, or even four jobs to make ends meet.
The Neumanns did not have a life like that, they basically lives paycheck to paycheck (Two American). With the budgets the groups gave to their family of four, it was a budget for a family whose main contributors did not work minimum wage jobs. The families would be working in higher paying jobs that would give the family some wiggle room to live. In the article Nickel-and-Dimed, On (not) getting by in America, one can see that living on minimum wage is not an easy living situation. Barbara, the author, went into the workforce to see how living on minimum would affect someone 's life.
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.
The average minimum wage is much less than $14 and hour today. I agree with Ehrenreich in what she mentions here because my mother never went to college. She depended on my father to live because he was making pretty good money at the time they got married. After being married fifteen years my parents got divorced. My mom was left with two children to take care of all on her own.
Minimum wage standards for American workers rest at $5.15 per hour, and in such slighted fields, very few make much more than that, perhaps $6-7, but even that is a rarity. The material life of a low-income employee includes bare necessities and next to zero luxuries. These workers often live paycheck to paycheck and never have a moment to fully enjoy life because they are constantly working, supporting themselves, and/or their families. Barbara Ehrenreich tries capturing this unacknowledged side of low wageworkers in her book, Nickel and Dimed, when she goes undercover as a fellow employee. Her real life accounts are noted as accurate and shocking as she brings the severity of poverty to the forefront for many Americans (Ehrenreich 3).