'Maid' Pulls Back the Curtain on Life in Low-Wage America

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Stephanie Land is the author of "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive." (Photo: Nicole Biesek)

Stephanie Land struggled to make ends meet while working as a maid for $9 per hour. In her new memoir, “Maid,” she writes about the physically taxing labor and the difficulties she faced as a single mother living in poverty, including domestic violence and challenges with public assistance. We'll talk with Land about her experiences as a maid and the grim reality faced by many of America’s working poor.


Stephanie Land, freelance journalist; author, "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive"; writing fellow, The Center for Community Change and Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP)