Could You Live on Only $281 Per Month?
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics found full-time 'private household workers and servants' earning a median income of $223 a week in 1998, which is $23 a week below the poverty level for a family of three. For a forty-hour week, our pay at The Maids would amount to $266, or $43 above the poverty level."
-From Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, chapter 2, page 61
This particular quote exemplifies what I believe to be Ehrenreich's goal in writing this book based on her experiences: She wishes to astonish the majority of Americans who do not belong to the class of people below the poverty level. I think that anyone reading this would be astonished. This is the amount, if not less than the amount, that high school and college students work their jobs for, and usually they are not supporting themselves, and are rarely supporting a family. After I thought of this, I immediately thought of single parents who have to support children on this pay. Just out of curiosity, I looked up the expense of sending one child to daycare for the 9-5 workday (8-6 to allow time for driving). I actually found that, according to CostHelper.com at http://www.costhelper.com/cost/child/child-day-care.html, "Assuming full-time day care for a 2 year old child on weekdays, according to Runzheimer International, the