On Oscar Weekend, Domestic Workers Get the Nation's Attention
2.26.2012 | NDWA
Our #BeTheHelp Campaign has brought thousands of viewers of the Academy Award-nominated film “The Help” into conversation and action about domestic workers. Susan Sarandon, Gloria Steinem, Harold Perrineau and Eve Ensler are some of the 5,000+ people who have already signed our petition in support of the CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and the campaign has also garnered a lot of media attention.
NDWA's own National Organizer, Barbara Young, appeared on MSNBC yesterday, talking about The Help and NDWA's #BeTheHelp campaign. “The many millions of people who view this, we are asking them to Be The Help for the domestic workers who are fighting for rights.” Watch a clip of Barbara here:
- Domestic Employer Gayle Kirshenbaum published a column in the Huffington Post about why she's hosting a #BeTheHelp Oscar Party.
- Colorlines published an article about how domestic workers are using The Help and the Oscars to create change.
- Barbara Young was also quoted in this piece about the Oscars on ABC News
- The International Domestic Workers Network released a statement in support of our campaign.
- The National Employment Law Project blog post The Oscars: Picturing America’s Low-Wage Workers draws attention to how both The Help and A Better Life allow us to reflect on struggles, past and present, of America's low-wage workers.
- On Wednesday, Sharon Lerner published “The Help” Gets Its Due on Slate.com, which covers both the campaign for the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and also fair pay rules for home care workers.