Ai-jen Poo is President of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and a trustee of the Ford Foundation and visited Hawaiʻi to discuss the care economy.
The United States is the only wealthy country in the world to offer no paid family leave. As a result, we care for our children, grandparents, and loved ones all on our own, sometimes at great personal sacrifice. Ai-jen Poo has dedicated her career to changing that. As a next-generation labor organizer and leading voice in the women’s movement, she has launched a nationwide campaign to ensure that everyone has access to the care they need and that caregivers receive living wages for their work. This movement for care is also gaining force in Hawai‘i.
Ai-jen Poo is President of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and a trustee of the Ford Foundation. She is a MacArthur “genius” fellow, one of Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders, and she was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her work has been featured in Marie Claire, New York Times, Washington Post, and Jezebel. She is author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America. In 2017, Ai-jen served as the Dan and Maggie Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals at UH Mānoa.
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