Working After Welfare: How Women Balance Jobs and Family in the Wake of Welfare Reform Working After Welfare: How Women Balance Jobs and Family in the Wake of Welfare Reform
Kristin S. Seefeldt
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171 pp. 2008
$40.00 cloth 978-0-88099-345-6
$18.00 paper 978-0-88099-344-9

A notable outcome of the welfare reforms enacted in 1996 is the increase in the proportion of single mothers who have entered the workforce. With the receipt of benefits having become contingent upon looking for and securing a job, many who would have stayed home with their kids found it necessary to take jobs instead. In "Working after Welfare," we experience the day-to-day struggles these women face and the reasons they tend to remain in low-wage, dead-end jobs.

"Seefeldt's book is a timely reminder that while PRWORA may have changed the circumstances of low-income families, more could be done to improve their conditions." –Journal of Children and Poverty