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Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work

Ford Foundation-1

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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Home Economics

The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


In a unique partnership between academic researchers and domestic workers, the National Domestic Workers Alliance surveyed more than 2,000 nannies, housecleaners and caregivers in 14 cities, developing a vivid, empirically grounded picture of what it means to be a domestic worker in 21st century America. 

Join policy experts, journalists, artists, economists, philanthropists and social innovators for a day of discussion marking the national launch of this groundbreaking report.

*Lunch will be provided.


11:00 am

Welcome and Introductions 

11:10 am

Presentation of Home Economics Research Findings


Linda Burnham Research Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Nik Theodore Director, University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for Urban Economic Development

11:35 am

Implications for the Future of Work and Our Economy

Moderator: Maria Hinojosa Founder, The Futuro Media Group


  • Ana Avendaño Assistant to the President and Director of Immigration and Community Action, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
  • Jared Bernstein Senior Fellow, Center of Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Caitlin Flanagan Contributing Editor, The Atlantic Monthly
  • Barbara Young National Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance

12:45 pm

Remarks by Ford Foundation President Luis A. Ubiñas

12:55 pm

Lunch Presentation: Visioning Forward

Speaker: Ai-jen Poo Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

1:10 pm

21st Century Solutions: Innovations Toward Transforming Domestic Work and Creating a More Caring Economy

Moderator: Helen Neuborne Director, Quality Employment, Ford Foundation


  • Orlando Bagwell Director, JustFilms, Ford Foundation
  • David Rolf President, Local 775 Washington State, SEIU
  • Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner Co-Founder and CEO,
  • Ai-jen Poo Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance


1:55 pm

Closing Remarks


Ford Foundation

320 East 43rd Street

New York, NY 10017

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Ford Foundation
320 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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