Newsletter

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.

MAKERS Moment

A Sense of Connection

A Sense of Connection

More From Ai-jen

In this video

Tagged as

Ai-jen Poo explains the importance of telling, and listening, to the stories of domestic workers.

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

Nancy Wexler
Nancy Wexler
Neuropsychologist & President, Hereditary Disease Foundation

Nancy Wexler, PhD is a neuropsychologist who's devoted her life's work to finding a cure for the fatal hereditary disorder Huntington's Disease. She is best known for h...

Barbara Burns
Barbara Burns
Coal Miner

Barbara Burns was one of the first female coal miners in the country and an ‘everywoman’ champion against sexual harassment in the workplace. The oldest of eight, Burns...

Violet Palmer
Violet Palmer
First Female NBA Referee

Violet Palmer broke a major glass ceiling in sports in 1997 when she became the first woman to officiate in the NBA, as well as the first female official in any major U.S. professi...

Brenda Berkman
Brenda Berkman
First NYC Female Firefighter

Brenda Berkman served the City of New York for 25 years before retiring in 2006 as a captain in its storied Fire Department. Her bravery was twofold: Berkman was summa cum laude gr...