Stephanie Land - NY Times Best Selling Author
Speaker - March 3, 2023: Land's instant New York Times bestseller Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, the basis for the hit Netflix series of the same name, recounts her harrowing saga as a single mom navigating the bureaucratic nightmare of living below the poverty line.
At age 28, Land's dream of attending college and becoming a writer is deferred when she and her seven month-old flee a violent home and move into a homeless shelter, lacking any form of reliable safety net. Mired in patronizing bureaucratic processes and paltry wages, she illustrates the trauma of grasping for stability from a rigged system, and demonstrates how hard work doesn't always pay off.
Instead, she reveals the real culprits of her situation: domestic violence, untenable minimum wages, high housing costs, and government assistance programs that fail the people they ostensibly serve. President Obama named Maid to his 2019 Summer Reading List, noting its "unflinching look at America's class divide, a description of the tightrope many families walk just to get by, and a reminder of the dignity of all work." A "raw and inspiring exploration of a mother's resilience" (Entertainment Weekly), the Emmy-nominated Netflix original series Maid has reached over 67 million households making it one of Netflix's most watched limited series ever. Up next, Land is at work on her second memoir Class, which picks up where Maid left off as she faces the new challenges of being a poor college student and single parent.
Her writing about economic and social justice, domestic abuse, chronic illness, and motherhood, and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, among many other outlets.