In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers
"A timely, intensely intimate, and relevant expos ." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The Pulitzer Prize finalist's powerful examination of the hidden stories of workers overlooked by #MeToo
Apple orchards in bucolic Washington State. Office parks in Southern California under cover of night. The home of an elderly man in Miami. These are some of the workplaces where women have suffered brutal sexual assaults and shocking harassment at the hands of their employers, often with little or no official recourse. In this heartrending but ultimately inspiring tale, investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Bernice Yeung exposes the epidemic of sexual violence levied against the low-wage workers largely overlooked by #MeToo, and charts their quest for justice.
In a Day's Work reveals the underbelly of hidden economies teeming with employers who are in the practice of taking advantage of immigrant women. But it also tells a timely story of resistance, introducing a group of courageous allies who challenge the status quo of violations alongside aggrieved workers--and win.
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Praise for In a Day's Work
2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in General Nonfiction
Winner of the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award
Winner of the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice
One of BuzzFeed's "21 Amazing New Books You Need to Read This Spring"
"In a Day's Work is a . . . much-needed addition to the literature on sexual harassment in the U.S. . . . [B]uilding a cross-class movement as Yeung shows, will mean learning to stop unseeing the working women around us."
--The New York Review of Books
"[Yeung] tells compelling stories that illustrate systemic problems without reducing people to mere players in a legal argument. She skillfully knits case studies into rigorous policy analysis. Most important, Yeung traces paths toward progress beyond merely raising awareness."
--The Washington Post
"As pundits opine about #MeToo in the pages of every major newspaper, Yeung does something better: Rather than giver her own view on how to solve the scourge of sexual violence, she shows us what these workers themselves have been doing to address it. . . In a Day's Work shows us how to stamp out sexual violence: We don't have to reinvent the wheel; these women have been leading the way. All it takes is to join them."
"The author mitigates the difficult material by bringing humanity, empathy, and hope to each page. . . . The book concludes with guardedly hopeful descriptions of workplace training programs, government regulation, and union advocacy. Even more moving, however, is the sense of a reporter deeply committed to her sources and her material ."
"A timely, intensely intimate, and relevant exposé on a greatly disregarded sector of the American workforce."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"In a Day's Work is exactly what I've been waiting for--some serious attention to the great majority of sexual harassment victims, who aren't Hollywood stars but the low-paid women whom we depend on to pick farm produce, clean offices, and care for our children. Bernice Yeung's scalding exposé should dramatically affect the way we see women's abuse in the workplace."
--Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
"In a Day's Work is a must-read for all who believe time's up on abusive employment practices for all workers. Yeung shows us through these courageous stories that the time to change the balance of power is now."
--Saru Jayaraman, author of Behind the Kitchen Door