Critical Response: Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich After reading about Ehrenreich's experience one of my first observations was that working a minimum wage job not only had a physical toll on your body but also an emotional toll. While working at both hotels Ehrenreich and her coworkers became emotionally numb to working. It was just a routine, they were going through the motions. Through her observations and her coworkers situations Ehrenreich found that a minimum wage job can barely support one or two people. Most of her coworkers from Hearthside live with other people in less than ideal living situations.
According to Woolfe’s essay, “a woman must have money and a room of her own” in order to write fiction (4). Without money, women have to be dependent on men, and without privacy, there can be many interruptions. In actual reality, not many women have these luxuries, resulting in the limitation of writing fiction. Now, this quote can also be seen as a metaphor. For instance, money can be something
Nevertheless, she concludes that their socioeconomic class is burdened with even more events. Listing off each of her co-workers, Ehrenreich discovers the majority live in overcrowded situations, with relatives or in pay-as-you-go standards; others, like one particular co-worker share rent with people who are not of good character, but can alleviate the financial strain; finally, to her surprise, the hostess who were paid the most was living in the worst standard, in her vehicle (Ehrenreich, 20-21). This is one of the focal points of Ehrenreich’s investigation: while some might obtain “aid” from the government, it does not prevent consequences that the middle class does not see. As Ehrenreich discovers from Gail’s breakdown of payments for surviving by herself versus staying with her sexually harassing roommate, she beings to understand the financial discrimination that the poor
She can’t keep a job for long and it is very tough to get one, and even when she gets it, racism and her status as an illegal immigrant limit her wages compared to normal U.S. citizens. Although she can send some money home to help Enrique her earnings are so low that she has to turn to a form of prostitution to boost her income. Though Lourdes
There was terrible wealth distribution to the rich were excessively rich whilst the poor where extremely poor. They would work in factories for log hours, which had no regard for health and safety. Therefore, work was very dangerous. They had an unbearable workload to earn a stable living. Due to their poor pay, they would live in cramped and humid houses making them extremely vulnerable to diseases like pneumonia.
The general population of most countries do not have the money to buy a house, that’s why most of them are renting it and move to a place to another depends on the situations. This problem is connected to the economy of the country, if the real estate is in its worst shape people will pay a lot of money to get a simple house to live in. According to Martin (2015) discusses that the raises of the housing prices is making it worst to the people with the low income, and that is the major cause why people become homeless and poor in the society, and also the taxes on the houses are contributing in making people pay more money. Therefore, there should be an existing to the low income individuals to help them keeps their poverty, and make it less payments on
As Lena Younger, Walter mother also feels that blacks are being discriminated against, as they are almost being forced to live in the slums, do the price of houses for blacks out of the slums is so high that many families or people are unable to afford it within their life time. This is seen within the play when Lena says “them houses they put up for colored areas way out all seem to cost twice as much as other houses. I did the best I could” (2.i). Mama is showing how difficult it is for African Americans to move into a house as they are unable to move up no matter how hard they try, due racist laws set up by the whites make it difficult for them to leave the slums. As the laws are being set up to make it as difficult as possible for African American to leave the slums and enter the
Single mothers get denied and passed over simply for being mothers and the stereotypes that follow. Single mothers get discriminated by landlords as well as, mortgage brokers and co-op. They simply pass over them. “Far beyond housing, many things are often either more expensive when we are single or the cost has longer lasting financial ramifications for us” (Denise). Meaning, if you are a single mother you spend more than those who are married.
Immigrants also found out quickly that the working conditions at many of the jobs they took were atrocious. Our book describes this somewhat on page 128; “they did monotonous stoop labor, often under adverse climate conditions. Given the seasonal nature of the jobs, they were forced to travel vast distances and to endure frequent periods of unemployment.”(Gonzales, p. 128). The working hours were extensive and pay was mediocre at best. For those who immigrated to America in hopes of making enough money for themselves and their families to live more adequately, this was a dream gone with the wind.
Based on what Elizabeth Warren (1949), she concluded that balancing the money is the point to get enough.” As adult especially for those who have family, it was hard to survive and financially support to the whole family if you are experience financial problems. It is not something that happens overnight. It is generally caused by something that will impact the incoming source. Many families face this problem as they don’t have a good money management skills and they are lacks of knowledge about how to wisely use the income and credit. Most of the family they only have a rough
This is shown through Francie consistently being without food due to poverty, and having to discover for herself in a very difficult way that hunger was a painfully real issue. Food is essential to a growing child and while she may have grown accustomed to hunger pains, Francie was deprived of important nutrients. When the family did have food, it was often only bread or inexpensive meat; vegetables were not by any means a staple in the Nolan’s diet, causing their immune systems to suffer. In addition to this, Francie had to work rather than continue her education, because her family desperately needed money after her father’s death. Much of Francie’s young life revolved around school and her writing, making school very meaningful to her.
They were regularly paid far less than the wages they were guaranteed, and subjected to the abuses of the employer-favored piece meal system of payment. (cite, 147) Additionally, braceros were often forced to pay for their room and board, often at exorbitant prices. This made it virtually impossible for them to save any money. (cite from film “Harvest of Loneliness”, go into depth) Employers often intimidated the braceros, and sometimes even resorted to violent coercion as a means of getting what they wanted. Because of this terrible treatment, many braceros left their jobs and attempted to find new ones with different American employers.