Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.


Evidence of Progress

Evidence of Progress

More From Ai-jen

In this video

Tagged as

In fighting for equality and workers' rights, we should not forget to celebrate the victories that have already been achieved. 

Ai-jen's Biography

Three Words to Describe Herself: Optimistic, Kind, and Sensitive
Philosophy on Life: "Love is all you need," as said by The Beatles.
Role Model: Ella Baker
Final Message: "Every single one of us can be an agent of change and we can change the world."

Ai-jen Poo is currently the Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance – an organization that works to empower and organize domestic workers across 19 cities and 11 states. Ai-jen knows this work is needed, “domestic workers are explicitly excluded from almost every major labor law.” 

As a student at Columbia University, Ai-jen Poo became outraged by the stories of domestic workers, often immigrant women, who had little recourse when they labored for long hours, in less than favorable conditions. Her gift for organizing worker-led movements has made the National Domestic Workers Alliance a powerful movement, whose policy initiatives and lobbying has led to New York State’s Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (with California following), and the expansion of labor laws federally to protect 2.5 million home-care workers. Ai-jen Poo was recently recognized by Time Magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” 



Related Videos

Pat Mitchell
Pat Mitchell
Former CEO, Public Broadcast Service

Pat Mitchell is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of The Paley Center for Media in New York City and the former President and CEO of Public Broadcasting Service (PB...

Yang Liping
Yang Liping
Dance Artist

At a young age, Yang Liping was selected to join an ethnically diverse song and dance troupe dedicated to preserving regional dance traditions. Liping was with this group for ten y...

Samantha Bee and Jessica Williams
Samantha Bee and Jessica Williams
Writers, Correspondents, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

Jessica Williams is an actress, writer, and all-around funny woman from Los Angeles. She credits her ability to be hilarious on her very large funny bone — she's been 6-f...

Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols
Star Trek Actress & NASA Recruiter

Nichelle Nichols is an American actress and singer. As Lieutenant Uhura on the legendary television series Star Trek, Nichols played, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, &ldquo...