Racial minority women ‒- and particularly recent immigrant women ‒- have often been employed in informal labor arrangements that included extraordinarily long days, working on holidays, wages well below the minimum wage and absolutely no access to recourse if they were treated unfairly. Evelyn Coke's victory moves us one step away from that history.
For the women who do this work, this has meant decades of physical and emotional labor that has been undervalued and underpaid. The work itself is considered "unskilled" despite the fact that most of us would have no clue how to safely move a 90-year-old from bed to chair or help a person with Alzheimer's avoid fear and frustration.
The rapid increase in demand for their services is fueled by an aging baby boomer population and the wounded veterans returning from a decade of combat. And while the opportunity to pursue a noble career helping others maintain their dignity and independence is appealing to job seekers, there's a catch.