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Kerala Needs Coconut Pickers — So Women Are Stepping In (And Climbing Up)

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Younger and older generations at the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church in the Bronx grapple with how much of their faith and culture to retain, honor and leave behind. Teresa Mathew hide caption

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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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Female Tea Workers In One Indian State Fight For Their Rights

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