Some of American writer Barbara Ehrenreich’s most notable achievements include a Ford Foundation grant for humanistic perspectives, a Guggenheim fellowship and a 1995 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant for research and writing. In 1998, she was named “Humanist of the Year” by the American Humanist Association. She has also won the Sidney Hillman Award for journalism for her article “Nickel and Dimed” and an American Magazine Association award for “Welcome to Cancerland.”
Born to a blue-collar mining family from Montana, Barbara Ehrenreich began her academic career in physics and later turned to molecular and cell biology. She eventually began to write on complex social issues. Her first notable achievement as a journalist was a feature story for “Ms. Magazine” dispelling the myth that feminism causes heart disease. This work led to regular columns for “Ms.” and “Mother Jones.”
A breast cancer survivor, Ehrenreich is known for her journalism and social activism in causes such as women’s rights and economic justice. As her reputation has grown, she has published articles in major national media such as “Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?" in the New York Times, “The New Creationism: Biology Under Attack” in The Nation and "Fight for Your Right to Party" in Time magazine. In addition, she has published many non-fiction books, such as “How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.” Her latest book, “Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything,” was published in April 2014.