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Stephanie Land

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Stephanie Land is the instant bestselling author of "MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive." Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and many other outlets. Her writing focuses on social and economic justice. Follow everywhere @stepville or

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"A fiercely honest account of what it looks and feels like to be poor in America. Triumphs are tenuous, and hard work begets more hard work with no guarantee of reward. This book should be required reading for everyone. "
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"This is one of the most necessary books I’ve ever read. Through her clear and honest prose, Stephanie gives voice to legions of people whose voices have been unheard. Every American needs to read this book. "
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Stephanie Land has written her story into a memoir tracing her journey through the poverty that defines too many single mothers. Like all of them, she navigated" Read more of this review »
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“Due to my self-employment, I had to report my income every few months. Earning $50 extra could make my co-pay at day care go up by the same amount. Sometimes it meant losing my childcare grant altogether. There was no incentive or opportunity to save money. The system kept me locked down, scraping the bottom of the barrel, without a plan to climb out of it.”
Stephanie Land, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

“Every single parent teetering on poverty does this. We work, we love, we do. And the stress of it all, the exhaustion, leaves us hollowed. Scraped out. Ghosts of our former selves. That’s how I felt for those few days after the accident, like I wasn’t fully connected to the ground when I walked. I knew that at any moment, a breeze could come and blow me away.”
Stephanie Land, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

“I felt like sitting down meant I wasn't doing enough--like the sort of lazy welfare recipient I was assumed to be. Time lounging to read a book felt overly indulgent; almost as though such leisure was reserved for another class. I had to work constantly. I had to prove my worth for receiving government benefits.”
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