There's a story Barbara Ehrenreich likes to tell. She was having lunchsalmon and field greenswith the editor of a major magazine, pitching a story about women and poverty. The editor was bored as hell, and finallyover decaf espressoshe surrendered, exasperated. "Oh, all right, Barbara," he conceded. "Do your poverty thing. Just make it upscale." As an activist scribe, Ehrenreich has spent years writing essays bemoaning the middle class's definition of poverty and its ignorance of low-wage America, perhaps... More >>>
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Barbara Ehrenreich: The low-wage workplace is a dictatorship, and that was a rude shock.