Rutgers alumna Alene Mathurin created My Nanny Circle as a way of empowering and protecting nannies from exploitation and abuse. Her work has gained significant traction in the last few years, forming a wide-reaching network of women that provides support for one another
Undocumented child care workers are likely to receive extremely low pay and suffer exploitation, harassment and abuse at work, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).
Sue Downey was standing before a packed room in Midtown recently, extolling the benefits of cotton balls.
“The most fun you will ever have with a 7yearold is a cotton ball, a straw and a wood floor,” she said, telling the 90 nannies in the audience to use the straw to blow the ball from one end of the room to the other. “
What causes someone to violate another and make that violation look like an acceptable norm? How is it possible that a nanny employer could have a nanny (another human-being) work in her home, care for 6 children and pay her $350 a week for over 60 hours of work? What causes one to have such disregard for another?
Why would a nanny employer emotionally manipulate a vulnerable human being by insisting that she will not give her a recommendation if the nanny does not do all of the unrealistic tasks she's given daily?
When I hear about stories like these I feel like I'm having a bad nightmare yet I quickly realize that these heartwrenching stories are what some have to endure each day.
What gives me hope however is that these horrible stories are not only upsetting to nannies but also to many nanny employers too- in fact to all those who see value in the humanity of others. Additionally as nannies begin to feel empowered because of the strength which exists in community they will begin to reject some of these horrible work situations. #darkunderbellyofthenannyworld ... See MoreSee Less