These people toil to earn meager wages that are less than their monthly expenses and needs.In fact, as Ehrenreich puts it, they survive in “unlivable” conditions, which are not quite different from slavery.
At first, the people around her try to discourage the option of actually moving to the level of low class lifestyle.
However, out of her misgivings, she decides to go through the actual hardship.
The last assignment took her to Minnesota, where she was quite lucky to find a job as a Wall-Mart salesperson.
It is through these experiences that she found out that jobs considered as lowliest also exhaust peoples’ physical and mental efforts.
To ensure that her writings are non-factious and provide the best-case scenario, Ehrenreich decides to try this by herself.
She does this in an effort to present the plight of most workers throughout United States.
It is common knowledge that values of a society require fairness and presentation of opportunities to all members.
This may be the case in middle to upper income groups but not with low-income workers.
In fact, according to her, these conditions are unlivable and can be referred to as another form of slavery (although not official).
Throughout her story, Ehrenreich poses a hypothetical question regarding survival concerns that face many Americans working on minimum wages.