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Ai-jen Poo at the Golden Globes

Ai-jen Poo was the first recipient of the Murphy Institute’s “Rising Leader Award” at the Diversity Scholarship night. And this year, she was at the Golden Globes. From Ai-jen Poo:

On New Year’s Day, 300 women who work in film, television and theater launched the #TimesUp campaign against sexual harassment in solidarity with farmworkers, domestic workers, and countless women across all industries who are survivors of abuse and demanding change.

Their courage is contagious. And the unity among women across industries is unstoppable.  From Hollywood to our own neighborhoods, it’s time for all work to be dignified and safe–no exceptions.

Ai-jen attended the Golden Globe Awards with Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep to shine the spotlight on domestic workers and people who are particularly vulnerable to abuse and often excluded from protections or recourse. Along with other movement leaders representing women in vulnerable actresses, she wore black and attended to “share the same message: Time’s up on abuse. Time’s up on exploitation. Time’s up on silence.”

Congratulations to Ai-jen Poo!

By Stephanie Luce

Ai-jen Poo, the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations, was selected for the prestigious 2014 Macarthur “Genius” Fellowship. The Murphy Institute has been a long-time admirer of Ai-jen’s work, including her efforts to help win the passage of the New York State Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2010. Last year, Ai-jen was one of six recipients of the Murphy Institute’s Emerging Leaders Award. Ai-jen also serves on the advisory board of the New Labor Forum, and she is the author of the New Labor Forum article, “A Twenty-First Century Organizing Model: Lessons from the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Campaign,” which appeared in February 2011. We are thrilled that the Macarthur committee recognized Ai-jen’s brilliance and the importance of her work. Continue reading Congratulations to Ai-jen Poo!