Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land is a writing fellow for the Center for Community Change. Her work has been featured on Vox, Narrative.ly and Literary Mama. She lives in Missoula, Montana, with her two daughters and their shelter dog. Read more of her story at www.stepville.com or follow her @stepville.

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In this March 1, 2016, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., joined by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Views
Saturday, August 27, 2016
‘People In Poverty Do Work’: What Paul Ryan Misunderstands About Poverty
This country has a penchant for plans to end poverty that do nothing to actually help families struggling to make ends meet. This week marks the 20 th anniversary of welfare reform, which created work requirements and other barriers for families who need the most basic cash assistance. The...
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
What Happens When You Can’t Afford Self-Care
For the last year, I have been keenly aware of my dire need for two things: therapy and exercise. But for those who struggle to make ends meet like I do, it’s normal to live a life without these perks—even though many consider them necessary elements of a healthy lifestyle. Instead, self-care comes...
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Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Who Are the ‘Legitimate’ Poor?
Recently, I disobeyed a cardinal rule of the Internet and decided to read comments on an article I once published in the Missoula Independent . I had begun writing about raising my daughters on very little income, which opened me up to a lot of criticism. One comment in particular stuck with me: “...
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Wednesday, October 07, 2015
The Art of Balancing the Ledger While in Poverty
When you live at or under the federal poverty level, you’d better be good at crunching numbers. Every cent coming in or going out needs to be accounted for. My day planners have always been filled with the kind of detailed ledger you’d find in any small business: Rent, at $430 with our housing...
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