Film depicts gender struggle in auto factory

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Made in Dagenham highlights the gender struggle in an English automobile factory in 1968.

The March 21 Friends of the Cinema presentation features a movie that tells the story of a historic labour struggle in an English automobile factory.

Made in Dagenham centres around shop steward Rita O’Grady, who learns that the factory’s 187 female workers are paid at a fraction of their male counterparts’ wages, solely on the basis of their gender.

Based on a true story that happened in 1968, O’Grady’s fight — she teams up with a union rep played by Bob Hoskins — turned into a grinding labour and political struggle that would advance the cause of women’s rights around the world.

Made in Dagenham stars Sally Hawkins, the delightful lead in Happy-Go-Lucky, for which she won a Golden Globe award.

The movie runs on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets are available at the door.

Friends of the Cinema is a non-profit group that donates net proceeds from its film series to local organizations, including Friends of the Library and the Creston Community Auditorium Society.