We need more books like MAID, with the view from behind the fridge and under the couch. Stephanie Land has something to teach us about both sides of the inequality divide. Neither is what you are expecting.

—Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times Bestselling Author of Nickel and Dimed

Hi there, I’m Stephanie Land

My passion is giving a voice to the working poor in America. In my New York Times best-selling memoir MAID, I tell my story of juggling several housecleaning clients while working my way through college as a single mother. We were barely scraping by, struggling through a system of government assistance that more often pulls poor people back into poverty rather than lifting them out.

My writing is fueled by my own experiences. I aspire to use my stories to expose the reality of what it’s like to pursue the American Dream while being held back at the poverty line. Too often these stories aren’t being told. I want to change that.

Even though MAID is just my story, I hope that readers will start seeing the millions of single parents, domestic workers, and those who are working so hard to make ends meet in spite of people calling them lazy or even thieves. I hope that changing those stigmas is part of my story, the part of our story, that lasts.

I aim to continue raising my voice, speaking up for people who are struggling to make ends meet like I did for so long.

Please feel free to look around, contact me with questions, or inquire about interviews, articles, speaking or teaching opportunities.

Thank you for listening, and for being here.

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

Featuring a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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Just finished MAID by @stepville. It was hard to put down, a story by someone our society rarely sees or pays attention to: impoverished single moms who struggle to pay for food & housing & basic necessities. Congrats to Stephanie on book that exposes issues too many women face.

Someone: you should take this weekend off! You deserve it.
Me: have you ever BEEN solely responsible for caring for two children completely on your own before??

Just finished Maid by @stepville and it just slayed me. We need more stories by and about women living in poverty. We need more stories by mothers about motherhood.

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