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Home Economics

"Everybody says, ‘I want people to be paid equally, this is America, and everyone should be given an opportunity.’ So why can't we make it so that the woman working and the woman that she hires can both have a living wage?"

Amy Poehler

Overview

Amy Poehler ventures into the world of the invisible women who help keep the California economy afloat: domestic workers. What she finds is a human story far more complex than the simple exploitation of poor women by the super-rich. While domestic workers organize for a living wage, some of their employers are also struggling — squeezed out of the middle class in an increasingly unequal economy in which everyone works harder than they used to.

Watch episode 5 to view the full story.

The Issues

Clip: Amy Poehler sits with domestic workers