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Time Hails PHI Ally as One of the World’s Most Influential People

April 26, 2012

Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Poo’s advocacy on behalf of domestic workers — including home care workers — demonstrates “the humanity of a long devalued kind of work,” wrote Gloria Steinem in a brief essay for Time. Steinem also hailed Poo’s “gift for creating worker-led groups and empathetic tactics.”

In addition to her role as the National Domestic workers Alliance director, Poo is the co-director of Caring Across Generations, a coalition of 200 organizations that includes PHI in its leadership. The coalition is undertaking a national campaign to provide quality care and dignity for aging Americans and their caregivers.

Poo has also been instrumental in the drive to achieve fair pay for home care workers.

Last December, she spoke about the necessity of paying such workers fairly at a Department of Labor press briefing (pdf), shortly after President Obama announced that his administration would pursue a rule change extending basic wage protections to home care workers.

— by Matthew Ozga

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