Monday, December 08, 2003

Read This

A story about Barbara Ehrenreich and her book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. To research the book, Ehrenreich took a series of low paying jobs to learn more about the lives of the working poor.

I read an article that she wrote about her experiences as a housecleaner which later became a chapter of her book. Ehrenreich found that these people aren't cleaning your house all so well, that they are barely making ends meet, and they have really, really crappy jobs. She advises women to clean their own houses and to make it into a family activity. I assume the book makes the same arguments.

For the record, we clean (or ignore) the dirt in our place. But I know of a lot of people who hire housecleaners. It is the only way that they can manage a job and kids or just keep their sanity. And the bread winner is so beat after putting in 60 hour week, that they aren't up for helping out on the weekends. Is hiring a housecleaner a terrible thing?

Anyway, read the article. It doesn't answer that question, but it does give a nice history of Ehrenreich's career.

Allison has a list of the pregnant bloggers. She also has links on her sidebar of other women bloggers. Useful.

The Invisible Adjunct had a post on a Chronicle article from a women getting advice from her advisers about whether or not to go to grad school. The article itself is good, but the comments at IA are also interesting. They are debating whether or not they regret going to graduate school. Me? No comment.

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