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About Stephanie Land
Stephanie Land is an American author and activist whose writing focuses on social and economic justice, as well as parenting under the poverty line. Her debut book, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive, was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a limited series on Netflix. The book details Land’s personal experience with poverty, relying on government assistance programs to support herself and her daughter. It received critical acclaim and was included on Barack Obama’s “Summer Reading List” of 2019.
The Netflix series adaptation reached 67 million households in its first four weeks and became the streaming service’s fourth most-watched show in 2021. The National Domestic Violence Hotline was mentioned after each episode of Maid and received more calls in the month of its premiere than any other month in its entire 25-year history.
Land’s second book, Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education debuted in November 2023 as Good Morning America’s Book of the Month. It follows Land’s senior year in college and her daughter’s first year of kindergarten. Land’s other work has been featured in numerous outlets, and she is a frequent speaker at colleges and national advocacy organizations.
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Nearly half of all college students in the United States experience food insecurity at some point during their college career.
A study by the Government Accountability Office found that about 30% of college students who were eligible for federal food assistance programs did not participate in these programs.
In 2019, the poverty rate for single-parent households was 35.7%, compared to 7.3% for married-couple households.
According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner.
Many domestic workers face low wages and long hours, with 60% of domestic workers not receiving a regular salary and 45% working more than 14 hours a day.
Single mothers are more common than single fathers: About 80% of single-parent households are headed by mothers, while 20% are headed by fathers.