Every day, over 2.5 million nannies, house cleaners and care workers do the work of caring and cleaning in our homes. The majority of these workers are women, mostly women of color, who immigrated here in hope of a better life. They take care of what is most important to us, yet they are often the least valued and most vulnerable.
Even though MAID is just my story, I hope that readers will start seeing the estimated 60 million Americans who are working so hard just to make ends meet.
There is a myth in this country that if you work hard, play by the rules, and pull yourself up by the bootstraps, you’ll make it. For those who believe that myth, they also believe that if you’re not making it, you’re simply not working hard enough. But the math doesn’t add up when we’re still fighting for a $15 minimum wage, and estimates say a single parent would need to make at least $30 an hour to make ends meet, or work 140 hours a week at a minimum wage job.
I aim to continue raising my voice, speaking up for the invisible people who are struggling to survive like I did.
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Thank you for listening, and for being here.