The living wage calculator makes no provision for eating in a restaurant, repaying loans, saving for retirement, or taking a vacation. What does go into calculating a living wage? And does the term “living” allow companies to pay people inadequately while appearing generous?
This moment could be a portal into a world where caregiving responsibilities are divided more equally between partners, where we value care work for what it actually is—the backbone of our entire economy.
A decade ago, giving money directly to those in poverty was seen as a radical idea. Today, that perception is shifting. But there are still unanswered questions about the effects of cash transfers when used at scale.