On International Women’s Day, workers rally for better treatment

By Kierra Gray

Women workers rallied Tuesday outside the so-called “Rock N Roll” McDonald’s in River North to fight for a 15-dollar minimum wage and an end to workplace discrimination.

In honor of International Women’s Day, workers from fast food restaurants presented a petition to the manager at the McDonald’s.

The protesters said gender, race and age discrimination have affected women’s work hours, promotion and potential for advancement.

Fatima Ramirez, 21, is an employee at a McDonald’s in Chicago. She said she came to the rally to help another woman gain respect from her manager.

McDonald’s did not respond to a request for comment about the rally and the protesters’ petition.

Photo at top: On International Women’s Day, protesters rally outside a McDonald’s to call for higher wages and better treatment for women workers. (Kierra Gray/MEDILL)