In chapter one of "Nickel and Dimed", Barbara stated that she is renting a room for $500 and having a waitress job which is paying her $2.43 plus tips "from 2:00 till 10:00p.m". After a month, she would get $311.04 without tips and tax. Assume Barbara get $20 tips every day, she would get $711.04 without tax per month. After paying off the rent, she would left with about only $150. This is not enough for food and gas for a month.
About two years ago Sue got was laid off from her last job. She applied at many different entry-level positions, as she has no other experience. She does not receive a lot of child support from her ex-husband so Sue relies on the income she brings in to support her and her two children. When Wal-Mart called Sue for an interview, she was so relieved and excited about the opportunity. Wal-Mart hired Sue; she was told that she would start above minimum because of her ten years experience in the field.
Once pregnant Sally suffered from morning sickness and her employer encouraged her to take time off when needed to rest; and at eight months pregnant Sally finished work, while Harry continued to work evenings and weekends. Harry’s long working hours had not ... ... middle of paper ... ...he extended family, the couples workplaces, the support within the community, social services available and the overarching belief of a nation at that particular time all work together and ultimately provide a notion of how well the individual and the family unit adjusts. Reference List Berk, L.E. (2004). Development through the lifespan (3rd ed.).
Money can pave the way for better life if we use them intelligently. This essay talks about Martha, the girl who lives in medium size city and middle class family. She has a dream which is to be a businesswoman, so she wants to study at the state university, but her job at fast food restaurant for three years didn't earn her a lot of money for school. Also her family can’t cover the costs. But before the end of her high school she got an inheritance from her aunt who was living in Texas which let her make different plans to spend the money, but her mother and father were thinking how she will spend the money without given her any advice until she asks for it.
When first searching for housing in Key West, she discovered that the only affordable housing was about forty-five minutes away from major employment opportunities. Eventually, the commute became too long and expensive and in order to live closer to work, Barbara breaks her rules by dipping into her emergency funds to pay rent. Recounting the life of her various colleagues, she explains that some spent time living in their truck, peeing in a plastic bottle and reading by candlelight at night. Additionally, she narrates stories of many of her other coworkers living in hotel rooms or apartments with a number of other people, or co-workers living in uncomfortable situations because they would be unable to afford the rent otherwise. This includes co-workers such as Claude who stays with his girlfriend and 2 other people in an apartment, or Gail who splits her rent with a male friend who hits on her.
Women were making a living that was not comparable to anything they had seen before. They were dependent on themselves; for once they could support the household. Most of the work in industry was related to the war, such as radios for airplanes and shells for guns. Peggy Terry, a young woman who worked at a shell-loading plant in Kentucky, tells of the money that was to be made from industrial work (108). “We made a fabulous sum of thirty-two dollars a week.
Christmas was two months away. She planned to spend the entire one hundred dollars on gifts for Jamie. If she limited her purchases to the discount rack and utilized the store coupons, she could afford to buy her daughter a few outfits and possibly a pair of earrings. In another few weeks holiday parties would begin, awarding her extra hours and healthy tips at the bar. She’d been strapped for cash the past few months, despite the money her mother loaned her.
She starts off with her exposure to low wage paying jobs by using her sister and her husband a companion for over a decade. Her sister, who use to work for the phone company as a sales representative, a factory work and receptionist who described it her experiences as “the hopelessness of being a wage slave”. Her husband use to work for $4.50 an hour in a warehouse before he was fortunate enough to land a good paying job with the union workers the Teamsters. Ehrenreich’s use of statistical information also proves to her audience that she in fact has done her research on this topic. She admits that poverty is a social topic that she frequently talks about.
However, college is not made for everyone, and what would our world be with only professionals? I agree with Ehrenreich that the minimum wage is too low because, while people with open opportunities earn a better future for their families, many like my own, are fighting to get through on a daily basis due to our economy. Ehrenreich mentions in her article "the Economic Policy Institute recently reviewed dozens of studies of what constitutes a "living wage" and came up with an average figure of $30,000 a year for a family of one adult and two children, which amounts to a wage of $14 an hour" (270.) If this is a living wage then how are people living today. The average minimum wage is much less than $14 and hour today.
More and more woman was becoming educated and finding work outside of the home. Woman were earning money and doing many of the same jobs as men when the 19th Amendment to the constitution gave women these rights. This changed how modern Parent balance work and family time. Should Women have to work or staying home? “Over the past generation, home prices have risen twice as fast for couples with young children as for those without kids… The average couple with young children now shells out more than $127,000 for a home, up from $72,000 (adjusted for inflation) less than 20 years ago (“Why Women…Work”).” This shows that now days it’s expensive to have kid and for couple’s more adjustment that both support each other economically.