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Ehrenreich to speak on women, work and poverty, March 5

author and social critic Barbara Ehrenreich will speak on "Women and Work in Post-Welfare America" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Ehrenreich is the author of "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America" (2001), a spirited and sobering examination of the difficulty of surviving on poverty-level wages in the late 1990s. For this study, Ehrenreich went undercover, working as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. In her lecture, Ehrenreich will expand upon the subject of women, work and poverty in the context of welfare "reform" and a weakening economy.

Ehrenreich has been a contributing writer for Time magazine since 1990. Her articles, reviews, essays and humor pieces have appeared in a range of national publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Ms., Esquire and The New Republic.

The Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Program in the Study of Women and Gender along with the Center for the Study of Child Wellbeing and the Women's Center .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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