Female workers push boundaries in ‘Made in Dagenham’

The Alachua County Labor Coalition is screening the film ‘Made in Dagenham’ as part of their on-going series of monthly labor film showings in the Alachua County community.

The film will be shown on Monday, March 16, at 7 pm at the Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St.

The Gainesville area National Women’s Liberation and Gainesville NOW will co-sponsor the event.

‘Made in Dagenham’ is the 2010 film about female workers at the Ford Dagenham (England) car plant who walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.

Their actions played a major role in the battle for equal pay, both nationally and internationally.

Although the women are skilled upholstery seamstresses, they are classified as unskilled labor and paid a fraction of what the men make.

While trying to address their grievances with the company, the women become outraged by the lack of respect shown by the company. When their grievances go unanswered, the 187 women workers go on strike.

With humor, common sense and courage the women take on their bosses, and increasingly belligerent local community, and finally the government. Daring to stand up and push boundaries, the women changed a system that no one wanted to admit was broken.

Actors include Bob Hoskins and Rosamund Pike.

Free, donations accepted.

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