Premilla Nadasen will discuss and sign her new book Household Workers Unite telling the stories of African American domestic workers and the little-known history of the domestic worker movement with perspectives on race, labor, feminism, and organizing.
In this groundbreaking history of African American domestic-worker organizing, HOUSEHOLD WORKERS UNITE: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement, scholar and activist Nadasen shatters countless myths and misconceptions about an historically misunderstood workforce. Resurrecting a little-known history of domestic-worker activism from the 1950s to the 1970s, Nadasen shows how these women were a far cry from the stereotyped passive and powerless victims; they were innovative labor organizers who tirelessly organized on buses and streets across the United States to bring dignity and legal recognition to their occupation.
Kimberly Freeman Brown, author of And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leaders’ Voices, Power and Promise, will discuss the Institute for Policy Studies new and dynamic report on black women, unions and economic and racial justice. And Natalicia Tracy from the Brazilian Workers Center in Boston will also be a panelist.
Join the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative and the National Domestic Workers Alliance for a deep discussion of compelling personal stories from the leaders and participants on the front lines. Household Workers Unite gives voice to the poor women of color whose dedicated struggle for higher wages, better working conditions, and respect on the job created a sustained political movement that endures today.