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How The Other Half Works: "Maid"


Stephanie Land's career as a writer had to take a back seat to motherhood.  With a baby, no partner, and no money, Stephanie turned to cleaning houses for her income. 

She learned a lot... not just about the work of cleaning, but about the attitudes of the people who pay for the service.  It turned her thoughts about people in the upper-middle class around. 

We hear how in her book, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive.  Barbara Ehrenreich, of Nickel and Dimed fame, wrote a foreword.  Stephanie Land visits with her story. 

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.