Poverty: Working Moms
Join OACAA for a conversation with Stephanie Land, author of the best-selling book, “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive.” Stephanie will recount her harrowing saga as a single mom navigating the poverty trap and discuss her road to advocate for economic justice.
A recording of the workshop will be available to all registrants following the workshop. To obtain the password and view the recording, email Jeannette Jarrett.
At age 28, Stephanie Land’s dream of attending college and becoming a writer is deferred when she and her infant daughter have to move into a homeless shelter, fleeing a violent home and lacking any form of reliable safety net. She begins the bureaucratic nightmare of applying for food stamps and subsidized housing, and starts cleaning houses for $9/hour. Mired in patronizing government processes and paltry wages, Land illustrates the trauma of grasping for stability from a rigged system, and demonstrates how hard work doesn’t always pay off. In a constant state of scarcity, a single unexpected cost–as simple as a car repair–jeopardizes Land’s carefully calculated budget, and shows the impossible slipperiness of escaping poverty.
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