Category Archives: Women’s History

Hazel Dickens, R.I.P. 1935-2011

Hazel Dickens, folk singer extraordinaire, has passed away at the age of 75. Renowned for her sharp, high-pitched singing voice that ran through the ears of many workers, as well as fans of folk and country music, she died of complications from pneumonia. Dickens added several magnificent tracks, and made a brief appearance during the funeral scene, in John Sayles’s masterpiece “Matewan,” which was set in her native West Virginia.

For an excellent obituary from John Pietaro and his terrific blog The Cultural Worker, go here.


March 12 Labor Hour Available

Thanks to Illinois World Labor Hour co-host, WEFT factotum, technical guru, blues maven, and all-around good guy Bob Paleczny, the latest edition of the Illinois World Labor Hour is now up and available at It was a good show with Gloria Hays, who has been heavily active in the Wisconsin protests, calling in with a live report from the massive rally Saturday. Also, Tom Thomas read his latest poem, Bill Gorrell expressed his typically good thoughts on the possibilities of a general strike, and yours truly offered some commentary as well as a bit of labor history on the 99th anniversary of the successful conclusion of the IWW’s Lawrence, MA “Bread and Roses” strike of 1912, and the labor activist and feminist Leonora O’Reilly.

Be sure to tune in every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. CT to the Illinois World Labor Hour on WEFT 90.1 FM, Champaign, IL, also streamed online at, for the latest news and analysis on the labor movement, in the US and around the world.

–Jason Kozlowski


Illinois World Labor Hour Saturday, March 5 2011

Thanks to WEFT factotum, technical guru, and all-around good guy Bob Paleczny, the latest Illinois World Labor Hour show from Saturday, March 5 is available here at In it, we discuss labor films, the political fallout from the ongoing Wisconsin protests, local efforts through GEO #6300 and other organizations showing strong solidarity to workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana, we played music including the great Anne Feeney, and Tom Thomas read his poem “March By the Millions.”

Be sure to tune in next week, when we will update the latest from Wisconsin and elsewhere, and also discuss women in labor as part of Women’s History Month in March. Among others, we will discuss the activist for women’s and workers’ rights, Leonora O’Reilly.

–Jason Kozlowski