Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

As a young single mother struggling to make ends meet, Stephanie Land turned to housekeeping to provide for her and her daughter.

She worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly and tell the stories that weren’t being told – what it’s like to be one of the thousands of overworked and underpaid in America.

In her new book Maid she shares her own story of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat and of the challenges of navigating the bureaucracy of government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses.