Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo

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The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Chicago Coalition for Domestic Workers/Latino Union will co-host this conversation with Ai-Jen Poo, visionary labor leader and Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Ms. Poo talks about her work organizing domestic workers across the country and discusses the Illinois Domestic Worker Bill of Rights with Senator Ira Silverstein, the sponsor of this groundbreaking piece of legislation and a local domestic worker from Chicago Coalition for Domestic Workers.

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and the National Council on Aging. Among Ai-jen’s numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector American Express NGen Leadership Award, Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list, and TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

This event is part of a year-long series of interactive public workshops, performances, and conversations that are associated with “Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics,” an exhibition at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum that explores the stories of the first generation of home economists who were equal rights advocates, chemists and public health advocates, labor reformers and innovators who sought to redefine domesticity. The exhibit connects this history to the contemporary moment, and engages activists, artists, and scholars as they consider the domestic sphere as a site of social change.

Recorded live Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Jane Adams Hull House Museum.