Domestic workers--those that are employed in our homes to care for children, elderly and the disabled as well as perform a variety of other duties, such as cooking and cleaning--are critical to our economy, society and our families’ well-being. Yet, many domestic workers are paid little, receive no employee benefits, and may work in an environment with other challenges that can affect their health and safety. At this event, panelists from academia, advocacy, organizing and philanthropy will discuss the experiences of domestic workers and ideas and policies for improving their work. The event is the sixth discussion in an Aspen Institute series titled, “Reinventing Low Wage Work: Ideas That Can Work for Employees, Employers and the Economy."
Moderated by: Jennifer Ludden, Correspondent National Desk, National Public Radio
Judy Patrick, President and CEO The Women’s Foundation of California
Ai-jen Poo, Director National Domestic Workers Alliance
Mary Romero, Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry Arizona State University
Barbara Young, National Organizer and former Domestic Worker National Domestic Workers Alliance
Winter Words is a series of readings and talks featuring some of the most prominent writers in contemporary literature. Scions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and memoir speak in intimate Aspen venues, where topics of discussion range from the creative process to the role of art in today's world. Events take place throughout the ski season and are open to the public.