Feminist Sundays: Made in Dagenham

Hello, everyone! And welcome to the very first FEMINIST SUNDAYS open for everyone. I can’t wait to read all your posts, so please leave a link to them on the comments section πŸ™‚ Also, all my gratitude and love to Claudia from Lit. Hitchhiker who has been involved in the project from the very first Sunday and has helped me plot everything, but above all, I have to thank her for this amazing logo. Isn’t it gorgeous??
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Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged.

It is obvious I am a book lover, but I am also a huge TV and film fan, and today I wanted to devote some attention to a great English film that has been quite overlooked in most countries: Made in Dagenham (2010).

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The film revolves around the female workers of the Ford plant in Dagenham, United Kingdom in 1968. These women worked together in a huge room sewing and designing car seats and literally making the patterns themselves. They also worked the very same hours their husbands did at the plant, but they were paid less (half!) and were not taken seriously. Their work was not considered professional and, tired of being taken advantage of, they went on a series of strikes that managed to threaten Ford’s car production in the UK.

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I was shocked and sad to find that these women were treated like slaves despite their hard work, but I was also very inspired to see them make the most of their sense of community that led them to stand together even against Barbara Castle. This film makes a great point about women’s power if they stay together instead of fighting each other despite their husbands’ views on the issues. Obviously, being such a great film, it also deals with other kinds of discrimination, domesticity, abuse, social expectations and their need to assert themselves and make everyone see that it was them doing all the hard work.

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I highly recommend this film to everyone, but especially to those interested in women’s issues. And by women, I mean women, in plural: young, old, mothers, married, single, those who had been working their whole lives and those who wished for a better life. It makes a great point of diversity, opportunities and the many challenges women faced. Here is the trailer so you can check how awesome Made in Dagenham is!

15 thoughts on “Feminist Sundays: Made in Dagenham

    1. You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it.

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  1. I love the logo!
    I actually teach in Dagenham and unfortunately the Ford story doesn’t have a happy ending for most of the workers – the plant was largely closed down at a later date and has left behind a severe unemployment problem which has had big consequences for the area.

    1. Oh wow, so sorry to hear that! I think I the movie actually included some reports on the plant after the strikes. Is still popular the story of these women?

  2. Claudia did a lovely job with the logo! I’d not heard of the movie (likely didn’t show anywhere near me), but it sounds like quite the interesting story.

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