Stories by Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed. A frequent contributor to the New York Times, Harpers, and the Progressive, she is a contributing writer to Time magazine. She lives in Florida. subscribe to Barbara Ehrenreich's feed

Posted on: Nov 14, 2007, Source: The Nation

The plight of the writers doesn't invoke the same sympathies as more blue-collar workers, but anyone who's willing to stand up to greedy bosses deserves our support.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2007, Source:

Sure, a screenwriters' strike is not as emotionally compelling as a strike by janitors or farm-workers, but look at what we're losing.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2007, Source:

It's enough to make you vomit on your new denim jacket: The Gap has been caught using child slave labor in an Indian sweatshop.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2007, Source:

The black and female candidates for president, especially the latter, are suffering from severe lack-of-personality disorders.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2007, Source:

After facing down the Third Reich, the Japanese Empire, the U.S.S.R., Saddam Hussein, the United States has met an enemy it dares not confront -- the American private health insurance industry.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2007, Source:

Colleges and universities today are turning teenagers into full-fledged citizens of our economy by introducing them to a lifetime of debt.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2007, Source:

This Labor Day lets not forget those among us who are the most fortunate.

Posted on: Aug 22, 2007, Source: Huffington Post

We may be witnessing the first time in history that the downtrodden manage to bring down an unfair economic system without going to the trouble of a revolution.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2007, Source:

If Bush vetoes the SCHIP bill that would expand state health insurance coverage for children, the fallback demand should be: Open up pet health insurance to all American children now!

Posted on: Aug 7, 2007, Source:

The perennial temptation to blame disease on sin or at least some grave moral failing just took another hit.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2007, Source:

Our health care system isn't designed to make people healthier: It is designed for extracting money from the vulnerable and putting it into the pockets of the rich.

Posted on: Jun 29, 2007, Source:

As mansions increasingly eat up the coasts and hillsides, an old saying rings true: "If a place is truly beautiful, you can't afford to be there."

Posted on: Jun 12, 2007, Source: The Nation

A bloated overclass can drag down a society as surely as a swelling underclass. A great deal of the wealth at the top is built on the low-wage labor of the poor.

Posted on: May 30, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Recent findings shed new light on the increasingly unequal terrain of American society. The new "top" involves pay in the hundreds of millions, a private jet and a few acres of Nantucket. The new bottom is slavery.

Posted on: May 15, 2007, Source: AlterNet

With a local news outlet in California recruiting reporters in India, no one can pretend any longer that we have a global monopoly on intellect and innovation.

Posted on: May 10, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Hiasl, a 26-year old Austrian-based chimpanzee, is petitioning the courts for human status, and let me be the first to extend him a warm welcome to our species.

Posted on: May 1, 2007, Source:

Is a college degree really a sign of competence? Or is it chiefly a signal to employers that you've mastered the ability to obey and conform?

Posted on: Apr 9, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Not so long ago seniority was rewarded with higher pay and other perks. But that higher pay now carries a lethal risk, as Circuit City has just demonstrated.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2007, Source: AlterNet

With Target and Wal-Mart acting as though they are entitled to spy on, stalk and imprison their own employees, we are on the road to a full-scale workplace dictatorship.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2007, Source: AlterNet

It's bad enough to learn that Elizabeth Edwards' cancer has returned -- now we have to worry about what ugly things the right-wing and mainstream media are saying.