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The Important Role Women Play In the Fight For A Living Wage

Low-wage workers nationwide are continuing their fight to raise the minimum wage and have a voice in the workplace. On this edition of Up To Date, we talk about the important role women play in the labor movement, back in the 60s and today. 


  • Krystal McLemore is a founding member of the Fannie Lou Hamer Women’s Committee, which is a Kansas City women's organization of low-wage workers. 
  • Mikela Huston is a member of the Fannie Lou Hamer Women’s Committee.
  • Rosalyn Pelles is a labor organizer who retired in 2013 after serving as Director of the Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department of the AFL-CIO.

Fast-food and low-wage workers will host a film screening of the documentary, 'Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders' at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the Tivoli KC Theater. The screening will be followed by a talk with RosalynPelles at 8 p.m. Click here for information and to RSVP.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Slow news days are a thing of the past. As KCUR’s news director, I want to cut through the noise, provide context to the headlines, and give you news you can use in your daily life – information that will empower you to make informed decisions about your neighborhood, your city and the region. Email me at lisa@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @larodrig.