Consider The Janitor

Neil Irwin tells a compelling story of modern economic inequality. The protagonists are two janitors.

Gail Evans and Marta Ramos have one thing in common: They have each cleaned offices for one of the most innovative, profitable and all-around successful companies in the United States.[…] They both spent a lot of time cleaning floors. The difference is, for Ms. Ramos, that work is also a ceiling.

Of course, it’s not just about janitors.

“It’s great if you’re a software engineer. If you’re educated, you’re in command.” But in the 21st-century economy, many millions of workers find themselves excluded from that select group. Rather than being treated as assets that companies seek to invest in, they have become costs to be minimized.

In my mind, the villain is educational inequity.