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

why does the author refer to low wage workers as "the major philanthropists of our society" ?

at the end of the book

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Ehrenreich questions why the working poor are exploited. She questions how those low-wage workers who work and work, give and give, for little reward, so that those better off than they can reap the benefits? They are, Ehrenreich writes, β€œthe major philanthropists of our society.”