Take Care of Care-Workers
By Ai-Jen Poo
Every morning, two separate workforces, heading in opposite directions, cross paths. One, the larger and formal workforce of around 100 million women and men across the United States, leaves its homes for its workplaces – an office, a worksite, a studio. They are employees, freelancers and contractors that drive the American economy and house, feed and educate their families and children. The other, a smaller and more informal workforce of millions of mostly female immigrants, leaves its homes for the homes of the formal workforce, to care for their children, elderly and disabled loved ones with daily care needs. They are the caring workforce: domestic workers and home care-workers who perform work that is skillful, but not seen, and incredibly valuable, but undervalued.