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Photo essay: In the Philippines, women migrant workers rebuild lives, advocate for each other

UN Women | Posted 09.26.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. In the past two decades, an annual average of 172,000 Filipino women [1] have left the country as migrant workers, in the q...

This Labor Day, Remember That Martin Luther King's Last Campaign Was for Workers' Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but few know why he was there. King went to Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who were on strike to protest unsafe conditions, abusive white supervisors, and low wages -- and to gain recognition for their union. Their picket signs relayed a simple but profound message: "I Am A Man."

Artist Includes Cleaners, Nannies In Pictures Of Luxury and Wealth

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 04.26.2016 | Impact

One artist is drawing some serious conclusions about the invisibility of domestic workers. Ramiro Gomez takes existing images of luxury, such as ads f...

95% Of Domestic Workers Are Women. In California, They're Demanding Better Pay

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 03.08.2016 | Impact

Teresita Villasenor was working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, for 18 months straight. “I felt like I was a slave,” she told The Huffington Po...

Do We Care for the Black Women Who Care for Us?

Alicia Garza | Posted 02.24.2016 | Black Voices
Alicia Garza

Black women who care are the backbone of the American economy, and yet little attention is given to the conditions that Black women who care face. If Black futures are to matter in our economy, we must, at minimum, ensure that the Black women who care for us are cared for in return.

You Can Thank Our Mothers for Your Success

Natasha Vianna | Posted 01.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Natasha Vianna

For most of my youngest years, my mom cleaned wealthy people's homes and offices so they didn't have to -- so they could focus on their own families and their own careers. Intelligent and talented women of color, like my mother, make up nearly one third of the nation's workforce, but when compared to white women, they are twice as likely to be employed in lower-wage sectors.

The Values Revolution: Embedding Empathy in the New Economy

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 01.20.2016 | Business
Ai-jen Poo

We have an opportunity right now to make sure the digital revolution is supported by a long-overdue revolution in values -- one that embeds empathy and equity more centrally in how we imagine progress and success.

Working Abroad -- and Facing Abuse

Rothna Begum | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
Rothna Begum

On December 18, International Migrants Day, all governments, including Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia should commit to better protection for the growing numbers of migrants that face abuse in the Middle East.

Premilla Nadasen On Domestic Workers, Poverty, Cops & What Is to Be Done

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

"House Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement" is a wonderful read, skillfully written and meticulously researched. So I thought I'd pick the brain of the author, Premilla Nadasen, and see what light she can shed on this dirty little secret of American life.

Oregon State Senator Wants To Improve Quality Of Life For Domestic Workers

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

When Oregon State Sen. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) learned that domestic workers were often not afforded the labor protections enjoyed by workers in oth...

Nannies And Housekeepers See Workplace Progress, Finally Granted Days Off And Overtime

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact

Oregon recently joined a handful of states that have committed to granting nannies and housekeepers overdue basic human rights. The Beaver State on...

Samantha Lachman

Domestic Worker Groups Announce Alliance At Clinton Global Initiative Conference

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The growing social movement advocating for domestic workers and Care.com, which calls itself the world's largest online care marketplace...

Maid's Stark Photos Give Rare Glimpse Into Lives Of Domestic Workers In Hong Kong

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

LONDON, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Filipina maid in Hong Kong has published stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to hi...

A Message to Clinton: Time to Lean In for Working Class Women

Sheerine Alemzadeh | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Sheerine Alemzadeh

Will she amplify the voices of the low-income, predominantly women of color who have been left voiceless in debates about work/life balance, pay equity and breaking the glass ceiling?

Celebrating 21st-Century Feminism and Why It Matters

Emmanuelle Herman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Emmanuelle Herman

In a room full of feminists the other day, someone asked 'What have we achieved over the past 10 years?' To my surprise, the room fell silent. Is it really that hard to name a couple of recent successes?

Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

Doug Moore | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Doug Moore

Providing care for the severely disabled, elderly and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America, and about 2 million people already are working as caregivers.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Four

Michelle Toh | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

The older I become, the more I have thought about Che Che and her life outside of me - her now-adult daughter Hazel back in Clark and their large, affectionate family I'd sporadically meet over pixelated Skype sessions. Not unlike my mother, as I came to learn more of her story, I realized there was some contentment to be found.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Three

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

While I consider my former helper to be one of the most important figures in my life, I won't pretend that our relationship hasn't affected the broader family dynamic. A few years ago, for example, Che Che told me that our current helper, whom my sister and I call Che Che Miriam, didn't like her. "What makes you think that?" I said uncomfortably.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Two

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

Che Che wasn't always so lucky in connecting with her bosses. One day, she was at home when her employer Mimi (whose name has been changed on Che Che's request) returned with her 10-month-old son from a day in the park.

Dreams From My Helper: Part One

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

The idea of calling someone a maid has always made me uncomfortable. Coming to America, people often wouldn't understand when I'd talk about my helper, the general term used for au pairs in Hong Kong. "You mean your maid?" they'd ask. I'd always flinch.

Human Rights and the Fight Against Trafficking

Juhu Thukral | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Trafficking in persons clearly involves human rights concerns, based on the coercion, threats, or violence victims and survivors face. But the ways we as a community respond to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues.

The Plight of Private Residence Domestic Workers

Ana I. Grande | Posted 12.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Ana I. Grande

Every worker, regardless of their immigration status, should be protected by the law in so much that her well-being, her dignity as a person seeking the American dream for her family, is never at risk.

Ai-jen Poo: It's Time To Stop Treating Caregivers Like Second-Class Workers

The Guardian | Ai-jen Poo | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

I started organizing domestic workers 16 years ago. I signed up nannies, housekeepers and home health aides at parks and train stations as they quietl...

On Women's Equality Day, All Lives Matter

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Ai-jen Poo

We are still working toward democracy and equality for every woman -- without restrictions based on race, class, age or experience. And we have some distance to travel.

Raising the Floor for Home Care Workers Is Critical to the Nation's Economic Future

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

In the decades to come, raising the floor for home care workers will become increasingly important. Unfortunately, many of those who take care of our most vulnerable - even full-time workers - are still in poverty.