The “Minimum Wage Challenge”: Poverty in Modern America

When I was in college, I had the great fortune of taking a seminar class on marginalized identities. There were a total of ten of us, a mix of...

When I was in college, I had the great fortune of taking a seminar class on marginalized identities. There were a total of ten of us, a mix of women’s studies graduate students and political science undergraduate students. In one of the last weeks of class, we were tasked with reading Nickled and Dimed by Barbara Erinreich. The book is an iconic portrayal of a journalist who quits her privileged life for a year to try to live off of minimum wage. In it, she recounts her tales of renting shabby apartments and working at a diner, as a housekeeper, and at a Wal-Mart. Most of the students in this class felt that a privileged woman doing this as an…

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Mehek Naresh

Mehek Naresh is an Indian American lesbian, living and working in Florida after recently graduating with a Bachelors in Political Science. Her hobbies seeking out small talk with cashiers, reading, and spending more time staring at tumblr than she’d care to admit.

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