Ehrenreich wonders how unskilled workers survive on such meager incomes; particularly, she is interested in how the 4 million women who are about to be booted into the labor market by welfare reform are going to make it at $6 or $7 an hour. She confesses that she is not thrilled about undertaking the task herself. She remembers that even in the 1960s, when her fellow college students sought jobs in factories to organize the working class, she was not interested. She has witnessed various loved ones pull themselves out of the misery that can be associated with low-wage work. Ehrenreich decides to consider the project a scientific experiment, as she has a Ph.D. in biology.
Then she moved from Florida and worked as a housekeeper. In her essay she brings out general problems such as stress in the work place, lack of proper benefits. She works various employment positions paying between $6 and $7 an hour while assessing her findings. Ehrenreich soon discovers that the lowest of occupations requires exhausting and strenuous efforts rewarded by a wage that barely covers living expenses and everyday expenditures. Works Cited Ehrenreich, Barbara.“Nickel-and-Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.”
Analyzing Nickel and Dimed Nickel and Dimed reveals America in all its anxiety and tenacity at their poverty level wages. Million of Americans work full time with their low wages. Barbara Ehrenreich decided to leave her normal life as a middle class person to join them for an investigation. Ehrenreich an undercover reporter leaves her home, took the cheapest lodging she could have find, and accepted whatever job she was offered. She decided to try to see how folks moving from welfare to work might be faring and if she could survive on the minimal income provided by a series of low level jobs.
Nickel and Dime Introduction In the introduction, Ehrenreich describes her real life as a writer with a Ph.D. in biology and an upper middle class home and life. On the advice of Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham, Ehrenreich decides to take on an experiment to show the world what it’s really like to live as an unskilled, low-wage worker. To do this, she tries to survive in a variety of different settings, choosing three very different cities and finds a job and a place to live in each. She attempts to live only on the money she makes at whatever job she finds, though she makes the decision not to go hungry and to use a credit card if absolutely necessary. She brings enough money to get set up in an apartment or other dwelling, about $1,300.
The Female Mill workers experienced long hours with a smaller pay in comparison to men. In England Woman received almost half the pay as a man would doing the same job (Doc.G). Lower wages was common among women but, there were more women working in mills than men and men did not work as hard for twice the pay. As told in (Doc.F) Mrs.Smith explains her lifestyle and experience working with in the mill with her family. She says she complains about nothing but the low wages, stating that her husband makes 12s each week and she makes 2s.
Memo December 16, 2013 To: Moore From: Ezinne Nwachukwu Subject: Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in America. Barbara Enrenreich wrote the novel Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in America. This book is an autobiography of the author working various jobs such as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate. All those jobs she worked paid a minimum wage from $5.25 to $8.50 an hour. She mentioned the difficulties of getting a place to stay, getting food and finding transportation to get from place to place with money she made working two jobs a day with minimum wage.
Ehrenreich wondered how unskilled workers survive on such merger incomes; particularly, she was interested in how the 4 million women who were about to be booted into the labour market by welfare reform were going to make it at $6 or $7 an hour. Ehrenreich was not thrilled about undertaking the task herself. She remembers that even in the 1960s, when her fellow college students sought jobs in factories to organize the working class, she was not interested. Ehrenreich
Document 6 discusses a mothers opinion about her three teenage kids work hours at Wilson’s Mill. Mrs. Smith a caring mother who loves her children but she says she would never reduce their hours because their wages would reduce and the family would no longer be able to afford house rent, fire fuel, clothes, and food. Her family and herself claim they don’t complain about factory work but they do complain about low wages. Document 7 displays a comparison between the average daily wage of a male to a female Loom Operator worker at the Hyde mill in England, in pence. According to document 7, male workers would receive 40 pence and the female workers 26 pence, usually female workers would earn 1/3 the amount of a males salary.
Motels are hard to come by because of the low vacancy rate in the area. The only vacancy available is one at a dilapidated room that has poor living conditions and security. Barbara later secures a safer one. Barbara lands a job at a Walmart that barely pays enough for her living expenses. This book written by Barbara Ehrenreich speaks of the poor working conditions, poor management and the many problems workers face with minimum wage work.
He suggests that blue-collar and service jobs require more intelligence than meets the eye. The author uses a relevant anecdote of his mother Rosie, a waitress in a restaurant that quit school before graduation to help raise her brothers and sisters. Even though school ended early for her because of her obligations to her siblings, Rose educates the readers about what type of work his mother was capable of without completing a