Join Compass Working Capital and our Women's Wealth Equity Circle for an evening with Stephanie Land, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive. This event is made possible with the support of our Presenting Sponsor, BlackRock.
Maid recounts Stephanie Land's harrowing saga as a single mom navigating the poverty trap. Her story illuminates the experience of so many women who are working hard to build a better life for themselves and their children, only to encounter a system that feels like it is stacked against them. At age 28, after facing domestic abuse and lacking any form of reliable safety net, Land checked into a homeless shelter with her 7 month old daughter. So began the bureaucratic nightmare of applying for food stamps and subsidized housing, as Land started cleaning houses for $9/hour.
Stephanie’s remarks will be followed by a fireside chat with leaders from Compass Working Capital, a Boston-based nonprofit working to expand access to economic opportunity for women and people of color with low incomes by making asset-building the norm, and not the exception, in our national approach to poverty.
The book is being adapted for television by John Wells, the showrunner behind ER and The West Wing. In addition to being listed as best-seller by the New York Times, Maid was also recently selected by President Obama as part of his 2019 summer reading list.