As Red Jenny noted in her post last week, Barbarah Ehrenreich’s Nickle and Dimed has been made into movie form as The American Ruling Class.
It talks a lot about poverty in America and what it’s like trying to get by while living on minimum wage. As poverty is an issue that overwhelmingly affects women, particularly single mothers, I thought it was important to both present this issue to you and encourage you to see this film. Here is a fabulous clip!
And here is a wonderful quote for you to think about:
The ‘working poor’ as they are approvingly termed, are in fact the major philanthropists of our society. They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stock prices high. To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else.
Thanks to Jennifer for the heads up!