Event Information

Date & Time
April 9, 2013 - 4:15pm
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa St.
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Ethics, Wealth & the Work that Makes All Other Work Possible


Please join us for an important panel discussion on domestic workers and their struggle to bring value to their work.

This event is part of the Clayman Institute's 2012-2013 theme which focuses on moving beyond barriers between work, family, and society. Domestic works occupy an integral position in the interstices between work, family, and society, yet their work is often overlooked and underappreciated. This discussion will explore workers’ experiences, and ways to combat injustice.

The panel will include National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo, Maria Reyes, National Organizer for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Stanford undergraduate Irene Jor, whose honors thesis explores the California Domestic Worker's Bill of Rights campaign. Professor Debra Satz, Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts and Director of the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, will moderate.

The panelists contributed to a great list of resources and action items to take on this important issue.

This event is co-sponsored by The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford Center for Ethics in Society, the Program in Feminist Studies, The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, the Women's Community Center, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Static, the ASSU Community Action Board, Anakbayan Silicon Valley, Pilipino American Student Union, MEChA, and the Stanford Asian American Activism Committee.


  • Debra Satz
    • Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society
    • Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities & Arts
    Debra Satz is the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, and a Professor of Philosophy and (by courtesy) of Political Science. She is the Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts in the School of Humanities and Sciences. She received her B.A in Philosophy from City College of New York, and went on to receive her Ph.D in Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She specializes in...
    • Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
    Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), the leading organization working to build power, respect, and fair labor standards for the 2.5 million nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers in the U.S. She began organizing immigrant women workers in 1996 as the Women Workers Project organizer at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities in New York City. In 2000, she co-founded Domestic...
    • National Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance
    Maria has been an active member of Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), one of the NDWA’s founding member organizations, since 1999. She is a committed worker-leader within the NDWA who has mobilized countless other domestic workers to build support for the California Bill of Rights Campaign and other NDWA initiatives. As an immigrant woman with experience as a domestic worker, and as a long-time community organizer, Maria is...
  • Irene Jor
    • Undergradute Student, Stanford University
    Irene is a senior earning her B.A. in Urban Studies at Stanford. She was first exposed to the international domestic worker’s rights movement through a Stanford in Government (SIG) fellowship with the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Bangkok, Thailand in 2011. That summer the Convention on Domestic Workers (C. 189) was also adopted by the International Labor Conference in Geneva. As a result Irene had the...