For Those Forgotten By The Election

11/08/2016
Gilda Blanco
Essence

My first job in the U.S. was cleaning houses in the wealthy part of New York's Long Island.

Inside the marbled halls of America's expensive homes, I encountered challenges that shocked me, but were no different than the experiences of workers in Donald Trump's real estate business. For three years, I worked 16-hour days almost every day for less than $400 per month. I was underpaid and isolated.