'The Help' Wins at the Oscars

Congratulations to Octavia Spencer for her Academy Award.

Octavia Spencer tearfully accepting her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. (Photo: Getty)
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

We couldn't be more excited to share that Octavia Spencer has won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help! The actress tearfully accepted her award while receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

The film, produced in association with TakePart's parent company, Participant Media, is about a group of extraordinary women who risk everything to tell the stories of their lives as maids in Mississippi during the 1960s. Their courage helps to open doors and break down cultural barriers, but many of the issues raised in the film still exist four decades later.

In America today, there are 2.5 million domestic workers, nearly 10 percent of whom do not earn the legal minimum wage. There is, however, an enduring spirit of collaboration and compassion in "today's help," and their stories are as powerful as those of previous generations.

In association with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, TakePart interviewed domestic workers from around the country about the issues facing nannies, housekeepers and caretakers, and what “help” means to them.

Visit takepart.com/thehelp to read about the important work of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and to learn how you can get involved.

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