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Currently in the United States millions of working families do not have wages high enough to meet their basic needs Consequently these families suffer tremendous hardships Researchers around the country have begun to question the concept that work alone is the answer to poverty How much does a household need to earn to make ends meet and what other support is needed In researching the basis for her book Barbara Ehrenreich became a low wage earner to learn first-hand the strategies to survive on minimum wage She vividly describes with persistence and humor how difficult it is to survive on the wages of the lowest paid workers Her book examines the sobering realities many American workers routinely face just trying to earn a living What if Barbara Ehrenreich was an immigrant In this case there would be some major factors that could have affected her First - whether or not she could speak English well It would be hard for her to get a decent job without basic communication skills Next many immigrants usually arrive with little money just enough for the first couple of months If there is no job found that can provide good financial support immigrants end up in a hard situation of finding adequate housing Also within a country the individual is at least given a chance to be himself He may be treated with contempt because of his social class or gender but he at least knows the social rules of the country to understand why However when he immigrates to another country he will not be familiar with many of the social rules It is most likely he will not only meet contempt because of his class or gender but also because of his ethnic origin What if the author of Nickel And Dimed was a woman of color In my opinion this wouldnt be a big obstacle in finding a low wage unskilled job The people in the
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