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Home Economics: A Discussion about the Unregulated World of Domestic Work

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About the Event

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, our 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 discuss the experiences of domestic workers and ideas and policies for improving their work. This event is the sixth discussion in a series titled, Reinventing Low Wage Work: Ideas That Can Work for Employees, Employers and the Economy, hosted by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program.


Featured speakers

Judy Patrick @JudyPatrickWFC
President and CEO, The Women’s Foundation of California @WomensFoundCA

Ai-jen Poo @AijenPoo
Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance @DomesticWorkers

Mary Romero
Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University @ASU

Barbara Young
National Organizer and former domestic worker, National Domestic Workers Alliance @DomesticWorkers



Jennifer Ludden @JenniferLudden
Correspondent, National Desk, National Public Radio @NPR


This event is part of the Reinventing Low Wage Work series.


Event information
Fri Feb 1, 2013
12:00pm - 1:30pm GMT+0000
Washington, DC, United States