Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Feminist Film About Equal Pay for Women: 'Made in Dagenham' (Video)

Perhaps this British film about the 1960s struggle for women's rights, which led to the British Equal Pay Act, will spark a discussion about why we still don't have equal pay in the UK or here in the USA. And no, merely permitting women to sue, aka Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, is not good enough.

Gawd only knows how long we'll have to wait to get feminist films like this made here in the U.S., but I'm sure that when they eventually arrive, men will star in them.

It’s a purely feminist film that feels like a combination of Milk and Mad Men—an honest look at the role of women in the ’60s, working overtime, cooking supper, fighting for civil rights and getting the kids off to school while their husbands sleep on the couch. It’s a film that blatantly condemns sexism and shows, despite its mostly light tone, the real cost of fighting for civil rights.

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