Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America by Alissa Quart | Conversation Starters
In the critically-acclaimed book Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America, author Alissa Quart discusses the state of many middle-class American families who can now barely afford to raise their children.
Families nowadays get squeezed on every side. On one side, there are high childcare costs. On another harsh employment policies that give no paid family leave nor reliable working hours. Parents realize that to attain the standards of living that their parents once managed to give has become impossible.
As the executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Alissa Quart examines the data and tells the real story of how America has failed the basic unit of society, its families. Her subjects are professors, caregivers, lawyers, nurses, among others. They have been part of a system that doesn’t support them, and only enriches a tiny percentage of society, the elites.
Nickel and Dimed author Barbara Ehrenreich praises the author and says that, “Quart anatomizes the middle class’s fall while also offering solutions and hope.” New York Times says that “we could all use [Quart’s] expert guidance through the maze.” People says that Squeezed is an “eye-opening look at the forces that make it harder than ever for the middle class to survive.”
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