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In 1968, the Ford auto factory in Dagenham was one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the thousands of male employees, there are also 187 underpaid women machinists who primarily assemble the car seat upholstery in poor working conditions. Dissatisfied, the women, represented by the shop steward and Rita O'Grady, work with union rep Albert Passingham for a better deal. However, Rita learns that there is a larger issue in this dispute considering that women are paid an appalling fraction of the men's wages for the same work across the board on the sole basis of their sex. Refusing to tolerate this inequality any longer, O'Grady leads a strike by her fellow machinists for equal pay for equal work. What follows would test the patience of all involved in a grinding labour and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women's rights around the world. Written by
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Sandie Shaw who sang the film's title song used to work as a punched-card operator in the Ford plant at Dagenham several years before the events depicted in the film. See more »
Ford's US boss mentions the Socialist Workers Party, Workers Revolutionary Party and Revolutionary Communist Group but none of them existed in 1968. See more »
[Peter Hopkins is entertaining Ford boss Robert Tooley at home. He clearly regards Lisa as a wife whose only purpose is to look pretty and to be a cook, but Robert sounds out her opinions]
Lisa. Do you mind if I call you Lisa? You must have quite a head on your shoulders. Peter tells me that you read history at Cambridge.
Yes I did.
Mind if I ask: what do you think of our little problem over at the factory? Do you think maybe he's a bit too much velvet glove, not enough iron fist?
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Captions in the closing credits: "Two years later in May 1970 the Equal Pay Act became law. Similar legislation quickly followed in most industrial countries across the world. Ford Motor Company Limited went on to effect changes in its employment practices and is now used as an example of a good practice employer." See more »
Made in Dagenham hit the screen and shows that a not-exceedingly-mega- budget film can be the best of the year.
The factually based story of how the Dagenham women brought Ford to a standstill makes for surprising film material.But it works .The film is authentic to the late 60s down to the tea cups and kitchen cabinets , the clothes and make up.
Miranda Richardson as Barbara Castle steals the film,Bob Hoskins,Geraldine James are all excellent in their roles.
Stay in for the credits though, that part of it had me reaching for the tissues .
This is a film which will have you shaking with anger one minute and crying the next.Highly recommended.
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