27 Facts About Barbara Ehrenreich


Barbara Ehrenreich was an American author and political activist.


Barbara Ehrenreich was a widely read and award-winning columnist and essayist and the author of 21 books.


Barbara Ehrenreich was a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award.


Barbara Ehrenreich was born to Isabelle and Ben Howes Alexander in Butte, Montana, which she describes as then being "a bustling, brawling, blue collar mining town".


Barbara Ehrenreich eventually became a senior executive at the Gillette Corporation.


Barbara Ehrenreich originally studied physics at Reed College, later changing to chemistry and graduating in 1963.


In 1970, Barbara Ehrenreich gave birth to her daughter Rosa in a public clinic in New York.


In 1972, Barbara Ehrenreich began co-teaching a course on women and health with feminist journalist and academic Deirdre English.


Barbara Ehrenreich spoke regularly about socialist feminism and about feminism in general.


Barbara Ehrenreich is arguably best known for her non-fiction reportage, book reviews and social commentary.


Barbara Ehrenreich's reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times Book Review supplement, Vogue, Salon.


Barbara Ehrenreich was a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Institute for Policy Studies, and the New York-based Society of American Historians.


In 2000, Barbara Ehrenreich endorsed the presidential campaign of Ralph Nader; in 2004, she urged voters to support John Kerry in the swing states.


In 2001, Barbara Ehrenreich published her seminal work, Nickel and Dimed: On Getting By in America.


Barbara Ehrenreich concluded that it was impossible to pay for food and rent without working at least two such jobs.


Barbara Ehrenreich included her own experience after being told that she had breast cancer as a starting point in the book.


Barbara Ehrenreich served on the NORML board of directors, the Institute for Policy Studies board of trustees and the editorial board of The Nation.


Barbara Ehrenreich has served on the editorial boards of Social Policy, Ms.


Barbara Ehrenreich received honorary degrees from Reed College, the State University of New York at Old Westbury, the College of Wooster in Ohio, John Jay College, UMass Lowell and La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.


In November 2018, Barbara Ehrenreich received the Erasmus Prize by King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands for her work in investigative journalism.


Barbara Ehrenreich met her first husband, John Ehrenreich, during an anti-war activism campaign in New York City, and they married in 1966.


Barbara Ehrenreich is a clinical psychologist, and they co-wrote several books about health policy and labor issues before divorcing in 1977.


Barbara Ehrenreich's daughter Rosa, born in 1970, was named after a great-grandmother and Rosa Luxemburg.


Barbara Ehrenreich is a Virginia-based law professor, national security and foreign policy expert and writer.


Barbara Ehrenreich's son Ben, born in 1972, is a novelist and a journalist in Los Angeles.


Barbara Ehrenreich was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after the release of her book Nickel and Dimed: On Getting By in America.


Barbara Ehrenreich lived in Alexandria, Virginia, where she died at a hospice facility on September 1,2022, from a stroke, six days after her 81st birthday.