TIME named Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, to the 2012 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Nannies, housekeepers and care workers are excluded from almost every major labor law with the exception of minimun wage laws. Ai-Jen has been fighting to change that.
Ai-jen’s organizing of domestic workers, including a decade long push for the groundbreaking Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New York State, earned her the epithet “the Nannies’ Norma Ray” from the New York Times. In 2007 she co-founded the National Domestic Workers Alliance to bring dignity and respect to this growing, yet undervalued, workforce nationally. She is also the co-director of Caring Across Generations (CAG), a national campaign including over 200 advocacy organizations working together for quality jobs and a dignified quality of life for all Americans.
The full list appears in the April 30 issue of TIME, available on newsstands on Thursday, April 19, and now at time.com.