Care in Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group dedicated to fighting for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women of color and immigrant women. Founded in 2017, Care in Action is backed by tens of thousands of nannies, house cleaners, and care workers across the country.
Care in Action works to elevate the voices of women of color. We provide the tools, training, and community working families need to make their voices heard, and organize and advocate for respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections.
In 2018, Care in Action endorsed our first class of candidates – all women of color running for office across Georgia. We ran a massive voter turnout program, we spoke to those who are too often overlooked by political campaigns, we knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors, and sent over a million texts.
In 2019, we flipped the Virginia State legislature by endorsing 12 women of color running for the Senate and House of Delegates. We set the stage to win policies that protect domestic workers, and give us the respect and dignity we deserve. In 2020, these women passed bills that finally included domestic workers in the minimum wage.
During Election Season 2020, Care in Action rose to the challenge again, endorsing 76 candidates for state and local offices across our seven states (Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan). All 73 candidates were women of color (Warnock and Biden were the exceptions), and 24 were running for office for the first time. In 2021, Care in Action ran one of the largest voter contact programs in Georgia during the U.S. Senate runoff, ultimately flipping the Senate and delivering a pathway to COVID-relief for the nation.
In 2021, we set our foot on the gas in the first year of the Biden administration to win the care infrastructure women of color, and all our families, need. Into 2022, we continue to fight for funding for home and community based services, as well as introducing a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to ensure care workers get the wages they deserve.
Everyone deserves a fair wage and to feel safe in their workplace. Everyone deserves to be able to take a day off when they are sick. Everyone deserves to be able to care for their families without worrying about how they will pay the bills. Too often, it’s women of color that have to make difficult choices between these, because we aren’t represented in our government and policies aren’t made to include us.
Care in Action is dedicated to organizing women of color and building a coalition to make change. We’re fighting for the representation we deserve, for policies that value care and the work domestic workers do every day to care for our loved ones, and for the policies that support us in taking care of our own families.