Barbara Ehrenreich was an American author and political activist known for her social commentary and critiques of economic inequality. She gained fame with her book 'Nickel and Dimed,' which investigates the impact of the 1996 welfare reform act on the working poor in the United States. Ehrenreich's work often focused on health, labor practices, and social justice issues.
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The book is a firsthand journalistic account of the author's experiment to survive on minimum wage jobs in America. She gives up her middle-class life to understand the reality of low-wage workers, working as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing home aide, and a retail chain employee. The book reveals the harsh and often overlooked conditions of the working poor, highlighting the struggle to afford even basic necessities, the lack of job security, and the physical toll of such work.