Anyone who has seen Nigel Cole’s new movie, Made in Dagenham, might be interested to know that today (November 2nd, 2010) is equal pay day. According to the Fawcett Society, the full-time pay gap between women and men – at 16.4% – is equivalent to men being paid all the year round while women work for free after 2 November.
Cole’s movie is based on the 1968 machinists’ strike at the Ford Dagenham factory, which is widely credited as vital in securing the Equal Act (1970). Although the film begs the usual questions about how a fiction film can adhere to historical fact (that old chestnut!), I think it makes for very good viewing. Yes, the actresses are a bit younger and more glamorous than the women on whom the film is based. And yes, the ending is a bit disappointing because it suggests that the strike had a happy ending, courtesy in part of Barbara Castle (Miranda Richardson). Watch out especially for one moment where one of the women talks about ‘fairness’ – given Mr Cameron’s use of the term, it stands out a mile!