Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday - Book Club
One of the moms started a book club last January. It was on her list for New Year's "read more" which she said meant rad at least one book a month and so she decided to start a book club. It is a great group of very smart women most of whom don't work right now and chose to stay home to be with the kids and most of whom have at least one degree.
I have only one degree and I'm a bit under qualified to be in the group.
The mom who started was an engineer in the automotive industry pre-kids. She's also British so everything she says just sounds smarter based on vocabulary and accent.
We were to read "Nickled and Dimed and (not) Getting by" by Barbara Ehrenreich
I didn't finish it. In fact honestly I'd only attempted to read it a few days ago. I read about 3/4 of it I guess.
nobody liked the author or enjoyed the book
most of us found the author to be condecending and classist and obsessed with race
we talked a lot about Wal-Mart and fair wages and fair hours
and then moved into things in Wal-Mart and touched briefly on "greed" driven eonomy...
It is interesting to read this book at this time. 90% of the women in the club are in financial difficulty due to current economy. 95% of the women in the club would be considered wealthy by anybody in the book except perhaps the author.
One of the moms brought up this point, the group is made up of 35-45 year old women with a minimum of a bachelor's degree (and in most cases higher) and "good work experience" who based on the need for "mom friendly hours" are limited in what jobs and wages they can aspire to right now. This woman's husband lost his job and so she is looking for work - work that is mom friendly - and so she has a very dumbed down resume at the moment because there isn't anywork that fits her qualifications and would allow her to work less than 40 hours (she says no more than 20 hrs) a week during the hours of 8am to 6pm. And she'll look at nothing less than $10.00/ hour.
Very interesting discussion indeed.