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This profile was last updated on 3/30/14  and contains information from public web pages.


Ford UK

Employment History

  • Machinist
  • Worker At the Plant
  • Executive
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In 1968 Dagenham, young wife and ..., 30 Mar 2014 [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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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.
Led by Rita O'Grady (Sally ..., 2 Dec 2010 [cached]
Led by Rita O'Grady (Sally Hawkins), the plant's band of all-female sewing machinists walks out in protest of their unfair pay.
In a meeting with Ford executives, Rita pulls some leather swatches out of her handbag and demonstrates how they fit together, how none of the seamstresses use patterns. She makes a convincing argument without even mentioning the unethical premise of wage discrepancies between men and women.
But Rita, our heroine, is the least voluptuous of the bunch.
Rita, like her fellow factory workers, spends the film steeling herself against unjust men. There's a lot of lip-quivering and almost-crying. When the strike comes into focus, her family life suffers. Her son watches too much TV. Her daughter's pigtails are left to the hands of her cartoonishly incapable husband, Eddie. Breakfast burns. He runs out of laundered shirts.
The side-plots are where the real sacrifices are revealed: Rita's only-just-saved marriage, her coworker's hesitation at getting involved with the cause (she doesn't want to neglect her sick husband), the bitter words from men at the factory whose salary is being held for the "mere principle" of equal pay. When Rita goes to meet Secretary Castle, she wears a flouncy, red dress from Biba, a popular London department store. The frippery is borrowed from Monica, the wife of a Ford executive, who despite reading history at Cambridge, is treated like a fool by her husband. Though Rita's and Monica's incomes don't align, their ethics do. The friendship is another one of the film's productive, complicating subplots; Monica is an exception to the otherwise all-working class cast, and her support makes the struggle seem larger, more political, less personal.
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The story centers on Rita O'Grady, a quiet, unassuming working-class heroine, wife, and mother who works at the Ford factory in Dagenham, England, where she stitches together car-seat upholstery along with 187 other women. Ford, who classifies these women as unskilled laborers, proposes a pay cut, but sympathetic union rep Albert ( Bob Hoskins) encourages Rita to join the union negotiations.
The ladies want to be classified as semi-skilled workers - no more unpaid overtime or they'll call off work - so when management calls their bluff, Rita transforms herself into a hardened labor leader and launches an all-out strike that causes the Ford plant to shut down and brings management to their knees. However, when resident villain and union-buster Robert Tooley (Richard Schiff) plays his trump card and threatens to take Ford's business elsewhere, Rita and the ladies must band together and push for equality.
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