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This profile was last updated on 5/15/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Worker At the Plant

Local Address: Dagenham, United Kingdom

Employment History

  • Factory Worker
  • Machinist
  • Machinists
    Ford UK
14 Total References
Web References
Award-winning Sally Hawkins is Rita ..., 15 May 2011 [cached]
Award-winning Sally Hawkins is Rita O'Grady, a feisty yet warm hearted worker at the Ford car plant in Dagenham who leads the revolution for equal pay for women.
Made in Dagenham centers on Rita ... [cached]
Made in Dagenham centers on Rita O'Grady (played winningly by the Happy-Go-LuckySally Hawkins), a female machinist at the Ford factory in Dagenham. She and her colleagues sew together the seats for the cars on the line. When an executive order re-grades their jobs as unskilled - giving them the same low wages as the teenaged boys who sweep the factory floors - the women demand the grade of skilled workers and the pay raise attached to that title. When they are nonchalantly rebuffed by upper management, Rita is encouraged by her supervisor and friend Albert (the brilliant and heartbreaking Bob Hoskins) to organize and go on strike.
Newsletter - 2010 09 (V4e59d5b7c04a34.01323360), 1 Sept 2010 [cached]
The main character is Rita O'Gardy, a worker at the Ford plant in Dagenham, and it is based on the events leading up to the introduction of the Equal Pay Act.
In the true story, Hawkins plays ..., 20 Dec 2010 [cached]
In the true story, Hawkins plays Rita O'Grady, a Ford factory worker who organizes a strike of all the female employees until they are paid the equal wages of their male counterparts - a strike that eventually brought the English production of Fords to a standstill.
With the role of someone like Rita, was there a concern that it could come off as too preachy if not played correctly? Yeah, I think first we had a really great script that doesn't fall into that. But I was aware - very aware, actually - that it could quite easily become that because she had many of those speeches. And she was becoming very much a political figure that it could quite quickly become strident and also you stop listening in that way. I thought that it had to be quite subtle in her development as a political figure, but, also, not lose who she was. She is a housewife and a normal working mom.
Rita organizes the strike but there are some unforeseen consequences as a result.
Northumberland Film Sundays - Movies shown [cached]
In 1968 Dagenham, young wife and mother Rita O'Grady works with 186 other women as machinists for Ford UK, sewing car seat covers - for a wage well below male rates of pay. She gets all the women to go on strike and establishes the principle worldwide of equal pay for women.
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