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Made in Dagenham

22 Nov

If you want to see what a difference being prepared to stand up and speak up makes, have a look at “Made in Dagenham”. In this movie, a few women at a Ford factory in 1960’s UK decided they wouldn’t put up with lower pay rates than men …. They stood up and kept up and gradually built support that spread globally. We live with the benefits. The movie tells this story in a self-deprecating way – which doesn’t take away from the significance of the issue, but speaks with humour.

The leader of the women’s movement is Rita O’Grady (played by Sally Hawkins) under the guidance of the delightful union rep Albert Passingham (by Bob Hoskins). The women went on strike and life got tough. Finances strained and husbands got frustrated and bitter. The Labour Government got involved via First Secretary of State Barbara Castle (by Miranda Richardson).

Bob Hoskins does a nice job in a support role. It is easy to watch and worth seeing.

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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Movies

 

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