Barbara Ehrenreich Biography
Barbara Ehrenreich (born August 26, 1941) is an American feminist, democratic socialist, and political activist who describes herself as a myth buster by trade, and has been called a veteran muckraker by The New Yorker. During the 1980s and early 1990s she was a prominent figure in the Democratic Socialists of America. She is a widely read and award winning columnist and essayist and author of 21 books. Ehrenreich is perhaps best known for her 2001 book Nickel and Dimed On (Not) Getting By in America.
Barbara Ehrenreich Age
Barbara who was born on August 26 1941.
Barbara Ehrenreich Education
Ehrenreich studied chemistry at Reed College, graduating in 1963. Her senior thesis was entitled Electrochemical oscillations of the silicon anode. In 1968, she received a Ph.D in cellular immunology from Rockefeller University.
Barbara Ehrenreich Husband
In 1966, she married John Ehrenreich, a clinical psychologist whom she met during an anti-war activism campaign in New York City. The couple published several books concerning health policy and labor issues together. They are blessed with two children a daughter, Rosa who was born in 1970 and a son Ben who was born in 1972. The couple got divorced in 1977.In 1983, she married Gary Stevenson, a union organizer for the Teamsters and they later divorced in 1993.
Barbara Ehrenreich Career
After completing her doctorate, she served as an analyst with the Bureau of the Budget in New York City and with the Health Policy Advisory Center. She was influenced by the anti-Vietnam war movement and started doing investigative stories for a small charitable group in New York which advocated for better health care for the city’s poor. During her pregnancy, she experienced a dreadful form of sexism and later got involved with the women’s health movement which worked for better health care for women. Eventually, she decided to quit her teaching job and became a full time writer.
From 1979 to 1981, she served as a professor at New York University, the University of Missouri at Columbia and Sangamon State University. Her later works include ‘Re-Making Love: The Feminization of Sex with Elizabeth Hess and Gloria Jacobs and The Mean Season: The Attack on Social Welfare’ with Frances Fox Piven, Richard Cloward, and Fred Block. Her one and only fictional work titled Kipper’s Game was published in 1993. In 1997, she published her non fictional work titled Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War’ on the human disposition for warfare.
In 1998 and 2000, she taught essay writing at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California.Her collection of essays called the Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy with Arlie Russell Hochschild was published in 2003. In 2006, she wrote on socially inflected reportage, Bait and Switch about white-collar unemployment. The same year, she founded the United Professionals, a nonprofit, non-partisan membership organization for white collar workers, regardless of profession or employment status.
In 2007, she published Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy, a sort of optimistic correlative to her 1997 book Blood Rites. In 2009, she authored This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation’, a biting look at the Bush years.
Barbara Ehrenreich Net Worth
Ehrenreich’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million. Moreover, she has been able to acquire the total sum from her extraordinary work in the field of writing.
Barbara Ehrenreich Natural Causes
From the celebrated author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better. A razor sharp polemic which offers an entirely new understanding of our bodies, ourselves, and our place in the universe, NATURAL CAUSES describes how we over prepare and worry way too much about what is inevitable. One by one, Ehrenreich topples the shibboleths that guide our attempts to live a long, healthy life from the importance of preventive medical screenings to the concepts of wellness and mindfulness, from dietary fads to fitness culture.
But NATURAL CAUSES goes deeper into the fundamental unreliability of our bodies and even our mind-bodies, to use the fashionable term. Starting with the mysterious and seldom-acknowledged tendency of our own immune cells to promote deadly cancers, Ehrenreich looks into the cellular basis of aging, and shows how little control we actually have over it. We tend to believe we have agency over our bodies, our minds, and even over the manner of our deaths. But the latest science shows that the microscopic subunits of our bodies make their own decisions, and not always in our favor.
We may buy expensive anti-aging products or cosmetic surgery, get preventive screenings and eat more kale, or throw ourselves into meditation and spirituality. But all these things offer only the illusion of control. How to live well, even joyously, while accepting our mortality — that is the vitally important philosophical challenge of this book.
Drawing on varied sources, from personal experience and sociological trends to pop culture and current scientific literature, NATURAL CAUSES examines the ways in which we obsess over death, our bodies, and our health. Both funny and caustic, Ehrenreich then tackles the seemingly unsolvable problem of how we might better prepare ourselves for the end — while still reveling in the lives that remain to us.
Barbara Ehrenreich Nicked and Dimed
Nickel and Dimed is a book written by Barbara Ehrenreich. Written from her perspective as an undercover journalist, it sets out to investigate the impact of the 1996 welfare reform act on the working poor in the United States.The events related in the book took place between spring 1998 and summer 2000. The book was first published in 2001 by Metropolitan Books. An earlier version appeared as an article in the January 1999 issue of Harper’s magazine.
Barbara Ehrenreich Books
- The Uptake, Storage, and Intracellular Hydrolysis of Carbohydrates by Macrophages
- Long March, Short Spring: The Student Uprising at Home and Abroad
- The American Health Empire: Power, Profits, and Politics
- Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers
- Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness
- For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts’ Advice to Women
- Women in the Global Factory
- The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment
- Re-Making Love: The Feminization of Sex
- The Mean Season
- Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class
- The Worst Years of Our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed
- The Snarling Citizen: Essays
- Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War
- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America
- Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy
- Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
- Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy
- This Land Is Their Land: Reports From a Divided Nation
- Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America (2009). UK: Smile Or Die: How
- Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World
- Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything
- Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer
Barbara Ehrenreich Quotes
“Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.”
“The Civil Rights Movement, it wasn’t just a couple of, you know, superstars like Martin Luther King. It was thousands and thousands – millions, I should say – of people taking risks, becoming leaders in their community.”
“No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.”
“I’m not questioning the monotheistic god. I think there’s absolutely no evidence for the existence of such a god. When I say that, I mean I’m – part of that is that the idea that God could be all-powerful and also benevolent is on its face contradictory.”
“Individually the poor are not too tempting to thieves, for obvious reasons. Mug a banker and you might score a wallet containing a month’s rent. Mug a janitor and you will be lucky to get away with bus fare to flee the crime scene.”
“Well I do think there are people who are habitually negative and depressed and take the opposite approach because they imagine the worst, and their minds become dominated by that. They let their own emotions and expectations transform their perceptions of the world.”
“I went into science, ending up with a Ph.D. in cell biology, but along the way I found out that experimental science involves many hours and days and nights of laboratory work, which is a lot like washing dishes, only a little more challenging. I was too impatient, and maybe a little too sloppy, for it.”