Contessa Gayles is a New York City-based multimedia journalist. She earned her B.A. from Columbia University in 2010 and will receive her M.A. from the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute in 2014 with a concentration in Broadcast News and Documentary Film. A video journalist and writer, Gayles reports on social justice and human rights, including women’s rights, racial and economic justice, and health care. You can follow her on Twitter @contessagayles.
Because it’s labeled ‘women’s work,‘ it’s devalued,” says one activist. But thanks to a decades-long grassroots movement, three states have enacted protections for domestic workers. As the movement grows in other states, advocates look to lessons learned in New York, Hawaii, and California. More »