Domestic Workers: Leaders for a New Economy

Domestic Workers: Leaders for a New Economy

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Jul. 18 11:00 AM

Ends: Friday, Jul. 18 12:15 PM

Room: 140 E

Women are supposed to lean in—to have it all—but how, when women’s work is undervalued and underpaid? Join us to find out how our movement can support a new women’s economic agenda that will move us toward an economic system that values all women’s contributions, from high powered CEOs to domestic workers. Nation-wide, domestic workers have been leading the fight for new labor protections for women and families. In 2013, domestic workers saw victories at the federal level with minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers, and in the states with Bills of Rights wins in California and Hawaii. How can we turn these victories into a national movement with the power to change the way we value women’s work? We’ll strategize with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Association, and the California Domestic Workers Coalition.


Rosana Reyes

Rosana Reyes

Mother of a beautiful 2 yr-old. My daughter and I love to listen to jazz, latin alternative and world music; and dance around our living room. I hope to someday soon return to hosting a music show on public radio.

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Sandra Fluke


Sandra’s career has always been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking and domestic violence or advocating for progressive legislation. Sandra came to national attention in 2012 when she testified before members of Congress regarding comprehensive insurance coverage for birth control. She then took on Rush Limbaugh and other conservative commentators when they launched sexists attacks against her, never giving up and instead using this platform as a powerful tool for advancing progressive causes. Sandra then served as a surrogate for President Obama reelection and helped more than a dozen Democrats running in competitive U.S. House and Senate races. Now, Sandra is a candidate for the California State Senate District 26. She and her husband, Adam, live in West Hollywood, CA with their dog, Mr. President.

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Alicia Garza


Alicia Garza is the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is an organizer, writer and freedom dreamer based in Oakland, CA.

In 2013, Alicia co-founded #BlackLivesMatter, an international organizing network developed after the murder of Trayvon Martin, focused on combating anti-Black racism in all of its forms.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her organizing work, including the Root 100 2015 list of African American achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45, and was featured in the Politico50 guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015. Her writing has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, The Nation, The Feminist Wire, and more.

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Lenore Palladino


Lenore Palladino serves as the Vice President of Policy and Outreach at Demos, spearheading a campaign-oriented approach to Demos’ issue advocacy work. Prior to Demos, Lenore was the Organizing Director at, leading all facets of the organization’s campaigning. She helped set MoveOn’s strategic priorities and mobilized millions of Americans to participate in campaigns on crucial issues, including voting rights and democracy reform, economic justice, the 2008, 2010, and 2012 election cycles, health care, and women’s rights. She has led multiple collaborations with organizations throughout the progressive movement.

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