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Historic Moment for Organized Labor

In the shifting power relationship between employers and American workers, workers have recently gained the upper hand. During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of workers resigned from their jobs, leaving employers scrambling to fill positions, and those still employed went on strike more frequently. The trends show that many workers feel dissatisfied with working conditions and empowered to demand improvements. Listen to hear a labor historian explain what the upheaval in the labor market means for the future of the workplace and how it fits into the history of the labor movement.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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