Cleaning has NEVER been recognized as as the skilled, artistic, or professional trade that it is. This Project was started as part of our mission to increase awareness of what our trade provides to our society as a whole. The AHCA is effectively shining light on these facets of professional cleaning in many powerful ways, & this message is most clearly heard by our society when cleaners are recognized. Its Not Just a Cleaning Lady Members throughout the year for their integrity, skill, knowledge, and professionalism. The general stigmas and attitudes that even cleaners themselves hold as a "status quo" what they do, and those misguided attitudes held in our society that perpetuate the deeply-seated lack of acknowledgement for what it takes to produce the very level of "clean" expected from consumers in our industry.
"We are a MegaPhone that continues to get bigger and louder with every step we take. This MegaPhone is sending a message out, around the world, that is already beginning to transform the current “status quo” of how cleaners are ultimately viewed. The current perspective we often see in our culture is similar to that of how servants were seen in the 16th century. We are in the 21st century now and the MegaPhone is turned on. The public can now learn from and gain a more educated perspective, where our fellow cleaners can now gain knowledge and confidence to do what they do expecting reciprocated Respect."
A word from a founder
Stigma and Gender Bias
By: Kevin John Reynolds
“It seems very clear to me that the marginalization of house cleaners starts with the continued disrespect and marginalization of women as a whole. When I helped my wife, Grace, move from Pittsburgh, PA to Walla Walla, WA and get her cleaning service going, I was amazed by the amount of rejection we experienced in regards to her already established rates in Pittsburgh. People laughed at us most of the time at first and we had to work for often times half of minimum wage, in order to get our “foot in the door”.