“I can eat for three days for $20.”
You just illustrated her point in one sentence.
Why do you know that you can eat for three days on $20? I suspect it’s because you had to at some point. And that’s absurd if you had even a part time gig at a successful company.
Evolution happens in a culture when folks quit kissing the asses of their bosses and start calling them out. If you did that, maybe you’d not ever have to eat for three days on $20 ever again.