Ai-jen Poo wants dignity for domestic workers
Episode 12 // December 21, 2017: Ai-jen Poo has spent more than two decades standing up for domestic workers’ rights. Her relentlessness has earned her a MacArthur Genius Grant, and she's made Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list.
Ai-jen also has not one, but two, day jobs. She’s executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, or the NDWA, which helps protect our country’s millions of housekeepers, nannies and other caregivers, many of whom are women. And she’s co-director of Caring Across Generations, which she co-founded to help elders get affordable care and to help caregivers get quality jobs. On top of all that, Ai-jen wrote The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. We bow down to the queen.
Samantha Gattsek provided audio editing for this episode.
Learn more about the women that Ai-jen shouts out:
Linda Burnham: national research director at NDWA and Ai-jen's go-to mentor
Sarita Gupta: co-director of Caring Across Generations and executive director of Jobs With Justice
Alicia Garza: NDWA special projects director and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter network
Jess Morales Rocketto: NDWA political director and former digital organizing director at Hillary for America