Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

How did gender play a role in Nickel and Dimed?

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Ehrenreich cites gender as having a significant role in Nickel and Dimed. She uses statistics to prove that more women live in poverty than do their male counterparts. She also address the lack of women in managerial positions, and the use of derogatory, gender specific insults. Wages were even mentioned as a source of gender inequality in regards to the owner of the cleaning service where she was employed. He refused to give raises based on the fact he provided the women with "mother hours," and that their shifts were adjusted so that they would be at home for their children before and after school.


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