The MacArthur ‘Genius’ and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance discusses her new book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.
Named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012, Ai-jen Poo is one of the nation’s leading community organizers and social justice advocates. She is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. She has been championing causes for immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000, she co-founded Domestic Workers United, which spearheaded the successful passage of the New York’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights ten years later. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national assembly of domestic workers, out of which formed the NDWA. As Co-director of Caring Across Generations, Ai-jen leads a movement that is inspiring thousands of workers, citizens, and lawmakers to work together to ensure that all people can mature in this country with dignity, security and independence. She is a 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellow, a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. In her new book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, Ai-jen highlights the systems and attitudes that we must adopt in order to get ready for the demographic and economic changes that are fast approaching.