A Win For Nannies Is A Win For Women
June 8, 2010 · Posted in Caregivers, Parenting, Social Action, Work/Family Balance · Permalink

The New York State Assembly and Senate have recently passed versions of a new bill instating the rights of domestic workers. Sick days, paid vacation, and overtime will finally be protected benefits even for domestic workers who are not legal citizens. The New York Times article, For Nannies, Hope For Workplace Protection describes the bills that Governor Patterson will likely combine and sign into law.

This legislature will help close the gap between domestic workers and the rest of the workforce. The fact that these rights are only being granted in the year 2010 highlights that this is not only a work-status issues but a gender issue as well. Discrimination against women is alive and well. Domestic workers are by and large women. We as a society still collude in thinking that this is lower status, invisible work. Women’s work. These changes will be a major step forward for our society and a move towards recognizing the care of children and home as truly important work.

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  1. Julia
    June 8th, 2010 | 11:21 am

    Absolutely true. Additionally, this legislature draws attention to the fact that caring for children and managing a home IS work. All the homemakers who do this difficult job on a daily basis have as an important and difficult job as breadwinners.

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