Low-wage jobs, she discovered, are very demanding, often degrading, and are ridden with politics and strict rules and regulations.
When presenting herself to others, Ehrenreich was a divorced homemaker reentering the workforce after many years.
She told others that she had three years of college at her real-life alma mater.
, journalist Barbara Ehrenreich conducted ethnographic research to study what it’s like to be a low-wage worker in the United States.
Ehrenreich took an immersive approach to her research: she worked in low-wage jobs, such as food service and housecleaning, in order to better understand these workers’ lives.