Dame of the Day: Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo

Today’s Dame of the Day is Ai-jen Poo (1974-). As a student at Columbia University, she and 100 of her peers occupied the rotunda at the Low Library; this protest led to the creation of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. In 1996, she began organizing domestic workers, helping them advocate for proper working conditions and better pay. This initiative led her to found and direct the National Domestic Workers Alliance. In addition to the Alliance, Poo’s work also centers around better care for the United States’ aging population and people with disabilities. In 2014, she became a MacArthur Fellow.

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