Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Nickel and Dimed
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed, On (Not) Getting By in America” will discuss sex, poverty and the workplace at NDSU on Sept 2nd at 7:00. Barbara will discuss her work as a journalist, historian and social critic. She is an author of 20 non-fiction books which often explore the American workplace and social justice. In 2001 ’s Nickel and Dimed On not Getting by in America she worked blue-collar jobs to see what life was like for those working at $6 -$7 an hour jobs. She moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting jobs from working at a Minneapolis Wal Mart, to a waitress, hotel maid, nursing home aide and other jobs. She discovered that even the “lowliest” occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough, you need at least two if you want to live indoors.