In this illuminating examination of our national welfare policy, award-winning veteran reporter and writer LynNell Hancock offers an intimate, heart-wrenching, and beautifully rendered portrait of three women and their families as they struggle to find their way through the new rules and regulations of the public assistance system.
Hands to Work takes us on a journey within the day-to-day struggles of these women, describing their hopes, regrets, and deepest dreams. Hancock demystifies contemporary misconceptions of poverty and illustrates how welfare policy and reform have been conceived, offering a thought-provoking look at the most divisive questions about America's neediest citizens.
About the Author
LynNell Hancock is an assistant professor at the Columbia School of journalism, where she served as director of the Prudential Fellowship for Children and the News, a program dedicated to improving media coverage of children's issues. She has been a writer and editor at Newsweek, the New York Daily News, and the Village Voice, and now contributes to US. News & World Report and Parenting. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.