The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the leading voice for labor rights, respect, and fairness for the millions of nannies, home care workers, and house cleaners in the United States. In 2015, NDWA launched We Dream in Black (WeDiB) to build the collective power and visibility of Black caregivers, nannies, and professional cleaners. WeDiB works at the intersections of race, gender and class, to push for transformation in the care industry.
Domestic work has deep roots in the enslavement of African peoples and the centuries-long economic exploitation and social subjugation of Black women. Today’s domestic work industry is still defined by poverty wages, rampant sexual harassment, and a lack of regulations and labor protections for the workers. But from enslaved women’s daily forms of resistance, to the coordinated strikes of Southern washerwomen in the late 19th century, to organizing initiatives pioneered by 20th century domestic workers, like Dorothy Bolden and Melnea Cass; Black domestic workers have always led struggles to improve the conditions of the industry and their own lives. We do our work in this powerful legacy.
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