Cork: Film Night: Made in Dagenham (2010), Wednesday 4th May, 8pm @solidaritybooks


In 1968 there were 55,000 working at Ford’s massive plant in east London. One of them is machinist Rita O’Grady, who makes seat covers with 156 other women at the Dagenham factory. Thinking that women won’t cause trouble, management regrades them as ‘unskilled’. However Ford got it very wrong. Rita, encouraged by shop steward Albert (Bob Hoskins), decides that women should be paid the same as men. On one side are her fellow workers, on the other are not only the factory management, but Ford’s American top brass (The West Wing’s Richard Schiff ) who threaten to pull out of England rather than concede equality.

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