California Domestic Workers Coalition

Lily Tomlin

“President Joe Biden made history recently when he called on Congress to invest in a care economy by raising wages and benefits for home care workers. Here in California, we have the opportunity to advance that vision by following the lead of care workers who are imagining a better future and demanding the right to basic health and safety protections.

My partner Jane Wagner and I employ two housekeepers, who have worked with us for more than 20 years. They are immigrants from Central America who came to the United States to make a better life for themselves and their families. They are conscientious and caring, and play an essential role in managing our household. Yet despite their tremendous contribution, they, along with 300,000 other domestic workers in California, have been excluded from our state’s health and safety labor laws.”

This Op-Ed was also re-published in Ms. Magazine.