MAID Author Talk/Panel with Stephanie Land

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Presented by the Athens County Public Libraries and Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions.

Join author Stephanie Land for the first 2023 Oho University Grover Lecture on Wednesday, February 22. Her bestselling memoir  Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive recounts her harrowing saga as a single mom navigating the poverty trap. Her unflinching testimony exposes the physical, economic, and social brutality that domestic workers face, all while radiating a parent’s hope and dedication.

Land will join us virtually to share about her personal experience that inspired her memoir. Her memoir offers a unique and essential perspective from the frontlines of struggle, but the deeply personal, intimate details of her story paint a larger picture. The physical pain of her own poverty clarifies systemic class inequalities, dispelling the myth that poor people are responsible for their own predicament and just need to try harder. 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.

Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion with community experts and individuals with lived experience to discuss topics brought up in the memoir such as breaking the cycle of poverty, navigating systems for support, the challenges with accessing help and care, and more.

Attend virtually or in person at both Walter Hall and a secondary viewing location at Athens High School

Registration is free for both in-person and virtual events. More Information forthcoming at, where you can also sign up to receive email updates about this event. 



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