Barbara Ehrenreich (born August 26, 1941) is a social critic and essayist. Her book Nickel and Dimed (2002) was a national bestseller in the United States. She is a prolific journalist who peppers her writing with a sardonic sense of humor.
Ehrenreich attended Reed College, and later obtained a PhD in biology from The Rockefeller University in New York City. She eventually decided not to become a research scientist, however. She became involved in politics as an activist for social change.
From 1991 to 1997, she was a regular columnist of Time. Currently, Ehrenreich is regular columnist with The Progressive.
Ehrenreich has also written for the New York Times, Mother Jones, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms, New Republic, Z Magazine, In These Times, Salon.com, and other publications. In 2004, she wrote a guest column for one month for the New York Times while regular columnist Tom Friedman was on leave writing a book.
She is the vice chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Witches, Midwives, and Nurses (with Diedre English) (1973)
The Hearts of Men (1987)
Re-Making Love (with Elizabeth Hess and Gloria Jacobs) (1987)
Fear of Falling (1989)
For Her Own Good (with Diedre English) (1989)
Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness (with Diedre English) (1991)
The Mean Season (with Fred Block, Richard A. Cloward, and Frances Fox Piven) (1987)
The Worst Years of Our Lives (1990)
Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War (1991)
The Snarling Citizen (1995)
Nickel and Dimed (2002)
Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy (with Arlie Hochschild and Arlie Russell Hochschild) (2003) ISBN 0805075097