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Video: The Work That Makes All Other Work Possible

Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people’s lives — they’re the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, they’re invisible, taken for granted or dismissed as “help,” yet they continue to do their wholehearted best for the families and homes in their charge. In this sensational talk, activist Ai-Jen Poo shares her efforts to secure equal rights and fair wages for domestic workers and explains how we can all be inspired by them. “Think like a domestic worker who shows up and cares no matter what,” she says.

Running time: 16:01

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Ai-jen Poo (born 1974) is an American activist. She is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is also the co-director of Caring Across Generations, a national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working to transform the long-term care system in the US, with a focus on the needs of aging Americans, people with disabilities, and their caregivers. She is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award. In February 2015, The New Press released her book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.

One comment on “Video: The Work That Makes All Other Work Possible

  1. Rio
    July 28, 2019

    If we are really going to have a world worth growing up to live in we need to acknowledge the value of those caring and educating those children growing up in it, all of them. This means valuing caregivers and teachers in real ways.

    The best way to change the world is to support caring.

    At the core of the environmental crisis is an attitude that can barely be spoken of, it is despondency. This is a result of the overwhelming damage of witnessing the destruction of all caring behavior on an industrial level. The industrial warehousing of children was not a sudden development, and the classifying “citizenship” or lack of it is nothing new either, it is just a “final step” for a culture that glorifies wealth above compassion.

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