Ai-jen Poo
In this Sept. 6, 2014 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, labor organizer Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers United, poses for a portrait in New York. Poo was named Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, as one of 21 people to receive a "genius grant" from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)Photograph by AP
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    National Domestic Workers Alliance

As the leader of one of the most significant new forces in organized labor, Ai-jen Poo has become the foremost advocate for living wages and health care benefits for the often ignored and underpaid nannies, housekeepers, and other at-home caregivers all over the country. Since 2010 four states have passed a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights—in large part because of this 2014 MacArthur “genius” fellow’s efforts.