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

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, 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.”


Featured speakers

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



Jennifer Ludden
Correspondent, National Desk, National Public Radio


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


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