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Tea leaf pickers in the Indian tea industry are nearly all women, and in the southern tea-growing state of Kerala, they earn the lowest daily minimum wage of any sector in the state. They work six days a week rain or shine. But J. Rajeshwari (right) helped mobilize the female worforce. "We couldn't feed ourselves or educate our children, so we organized," she says. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Female Tea Workers In One Indian State Fight For Their Rights

They were earning a little less than $3.50 a day. Then their bonus was cut. They didn't trust their union to stand up for them. So they had only one choice.

Light It Up Major Lazer & Nyla
Taste of Honey Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

Tea leaf pickers in the Indian tea industry are nearly all women, and in the southern tea-growing state of Kerala, they earn the lowest daily minimum wage of any sector in the state. They work six days a week rain or shine. But J. Rajeshwari (right) helped mobilize the female worforce. "We couldn't feed ourselves or educate our children, so we organized," she says. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Female Tea Workers In One Indian State Fight For Their Rights

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Time Is the Enemy Quantic
Maintenance [Instrumentals] Blockhead
Pasture Elephant Revival
Inverted Mean Ronald Jenkees
Os Grilos (The Crickets Sing for Anamaria) Walter Wanderley
An Evening I will Not Forget Dermot Kennedy
Ain't Misbehaving Fats Waller
American Man Velvet Revolver
Sleaky Monty Alexander
Ernossi Ernest Ranglin
In The Shadow Of The Colossi Doug Kaufman
My Burr Minotaur Shock

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From Farm To Distillery, Heirloom Corn Varieties Are Sweet Treasures

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Second Cut [Re-Edit] James Clarke
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