Rita O'Grady

Machinist at Ford

Wrong Rita O'Grady?

Last Updated 9/1/2012

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Come and meet the Essex girls who changed the world! | News | What's On Glasgow

Set in the swinging sixties and based on true events the show follows factory girl Rita O'Grady as she becomes an unlikely feminist icon.
Devoted wife and loving mother, Ford machinist, Rita always puts her family first and ungrudgingly gets on with her work in the factory to make ends meet. But her life is about to change forever... Unexpectedly, Rita must lead her colleagues in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union. But in doing this Rita must make a choice she thought she'd never have to make: Should she keep up the fight against Ford and risk losing everything else? With the unlikeliest of allies and her friends' unwavering support, Rita draws on strength she never knew she had and realises that some things in life are truly worth fighting for.

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WODS put the Eff in 'Ford': Made in Dagenham at the Blakehay. | Somerset Fellowship of Drama

Tamar Hankinson played Rita O'Grady a sewing machinist at Ford Dagenham who leads a minor revolution that ultimately results in the 1970 Equal Pay Act.

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Made In Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre, London

Like the film, the show is set in Essex in the late 1960's and tells the story of mother and Ford factory worker Rita O'Grady.
Faced with the news that women working in the sewing room are facing a pay cut, Rita summons all her strength and decides to fight back. As the fight gets tougher, with the girls trying to take on business giant Ford as well as their own union, will Rita be able to hold on to her family life and her crusade? Absolutely brilliant, makes you smile from beginning to end and thank you for my equal pay Rita! Ruth20 Oct 2014 critic-star-5.0 critic-star-5.0 Absolutely brilliant, makes you smile from beginning to end and thank you for my equal pay Rita! Gemma Arterton has already been confirmed to play the lead of Rita O'Grady, the feisty Ford factory sewing machinist fighting to get equal pay for female workers.

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