Belfast Telegraph

Dagenham stars call for equality

Made In Dagenham's stars have agreed the women of the Ford Dagenham plant might have won their battle but women are still to win the war for equal pay.

Sally Hawkins, who plays strike leader Rita O'Grady, said she felt proud to be a part of the film, but it made her consider how women are still not yet equal to men in the workplace.

She said: "The film industry, like a lot of industries, the men have dominated for a long time. I think it's great a woman won best director at the Oscars but I think that it's 2010 and it's only just happened is a little bit insane really. But at least it has happened now."

Sally arrived on the red carpet in London in a vintage Ford car with co-star Bob Hoskins, while fellow cast members Bond girl Rosamund Pike and Jaime Winstone and Dagenham girl Sandie Shaw, who sings on the soundtrack, signed autographs for cheering fans.

Made In Dagenham tells the story of a protest which snowballed and led to a revolution in equal pay for women.

Sally said: "We owe these women greatly and we don't even know how much we owe them."

Director Nigel Cole agreed the war was not over.

He said: "I think the war hasn't been won, but I think their battle was won. It's now illegal to pay women a different wage to men if they have the same job. The trouble is, there are women's jobs and men's jobs, and women's jobs have a lower value, and that's the next fight."

Miranda Richardson said how proud she was to play Labour politician Barbara Castle in the film.

She said: "These choices and freedoms that we (women) have now have been very hard work."


From Belfast Telegraph