What Does "Help" Mean To You?

In The Help, a group of extraordinary women risk everything to tell the stories of their treatment as maids working for the white families of Mississippi in 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.

  • Follow up by telling us what “help” means to you using the hashtag #helpstories.
  • Join with the National Domestic Workers Alliance in fighting for the rights of “Today’s Help.”