This book sends a message to America that the minimum wage should lift people out of poverty, not perpetuate it. -- U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, August 24, 2001
This is a commanding work and powerful tool for the living wage movement that is gaining ground everywhere. -- Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, August 24, 2001
About the Author
Laryssa Mykyta is a senior policy analyst at Solutions for Progress. While her primary interest lies in labor market policy and effective anti-poverty policy, she has also applied her research and database management skills to projects on health care and education policy. Mykyta's past research addressed the effects of inequality on labor market outcomes for female and minority workers and examined the impact of racial divisions on society. Mykyta also teaches at Temple University where her courses include Women and the Economy.
Susan Wefald is director of institutional planning at the Ms. Foundation for Women and coordinator of the Raise the Floor campaign. Wefald previously ran a community development consulting business, where she conducted training in the U.S. and Russia. As former staff director of the Naugatuck Valley Project, Wefald coordinated the organizing and economic development work of a coalition of unions, churches and community organizations in Western Connecticut. She is the former assistant director of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board and taught Community Organizing and Community Economic Development at New Hampshire College.