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‘The Help’ Unites Domestic Workers In Bill Of Rights Campaign

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For the millions of domestic workers who leave their families behind for jobs that don’t even pay minimum wage, Octavia Spencer’s Oscar win was a boon to their labor plight.

A group of domestic worker advocates got together Sunday to share the way “The Help,” a 1960s drama about African American maids working in Jackson, Miss., highlights the inequality they still face, and discuss ways to improve their employment conditions.

Many members of the National Domestic Workers Alliance[1], an organization that fights for basic labor protections, say that they still grapple with some of the injustices depicted in the film and hope that new legislation, such as the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights[2] will help enhance their quality of life.

“We thank [Spencer] for lifting up the stories of domestic workers and the dignity of the work, NDWA co-founder and executive director Ai-jen Poo said in a statement.[3] “When women’s voices and stories are heard, anything is possible.”

The organization is currently pushing for the passing of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in California, which will grant equal pay to the state’s thousands of childcare providers, caregivers and housekeepers.

Spencer said she was grateful for the honor and for the opportunity to support domestic workers in need.

“With regard to domestics in this country, Dr. Martin Luther King said it best,” Spencer said after the awards show on Sunday, according to The Wrap[4]. “All labor that uplifts dignity in this country is worthwhile.”

Feeling inspired? Learn more about the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and to sign the organization’s petition here.[5]

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References

  1. ^National Domestic Workers Alliance (www.domesticworkers.org)
  2. ^Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (www.change.org)
  3. ^statement. (www.domesticworkers.org)
  4. ^The Wrap (www.thewrap.com)
  5. ^here. (www.change.org)
  6. ^ (www.huffingtonpost.com)

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