Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance; Co-Director, Caring Across Generations
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
A recent bill passed in Hawaii provides working family caregivers with financial assistance to help cover costs associated with caring for an elder. The bill, the Kupuna Caregivers Act, is the first of its kind in the nation, as support for elderly care is often given directly to care recipients. Ai-jen Poo, co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, commented that the focus now shifts to ensuring the bill is properly implemented.
Poo, who also serves as executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, will visit Princeton University on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall’s Arthur Lewis Auditorium*.
Poo is an award-winning activist, innovator, and leader in domestic workers’ rights and family care advocacy. As co-founder of Domestic Workers United, a city-wide, multiracial organization of workers, she helped pass the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010, which extends basic labor protections to over 200,000 workers in New York State. In 2010, Poo co-created the Caring Across Generations campaign to ensure access to affordable care for the nation’s aging population and quality jobs for the caregiving workforce.
Poo has received numerous awards for her activism. She was recognized as a 2014 MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellow and a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Poo was on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012, as well as Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women list that same year. Her work has been featured in many publications, including Marie Claire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Glamour, and CNN.com.
Poo is visiting the School as part of its Leadership through Mentorship Program.
* Formerly known as Dodds Auditorium