Now, it's true that scientifically, women have less testosterone and therefore a little bit less of an ability to grow than men, but that doesn't mean men are superior. Women are incredible and seemed to have gained strength working under someone else's thumb for a big amount of the time.
Now, there actually was in 1968 a giant strike and walkout from the Ford factory in Dagenham because of the women being taken for granted there. Women have gone serious changes over the century. Used to be they had no education, no right to vote, and no equal payment compared to the men. I guess that it's a bit easy to be looked down upon when, as the movie says in it's opening sequence, 55 thousand people worked at Ford and only 187 of them were women. The ladies here are told as an excuse that their sowing is unskilled work, probably only because it seems small out of context but is tough to do. There never was actually a Rita o'Grady, but in this movie, she is what guides this strike and rebellion and is played by Sally Hawkins, who impressively plays what I felt was a delicate character which was new for me. Nobody stern but caring and independent but can sometimes tilt. This movie is about how these women go out to try to earn a right to equal pay, to erase that 15% less because of gender,
with the help of gentleman Albert, played by the late Bob Hoskins and his character is what charmingly prevents this movie from making every man look like a figurehead. The problem is: this would lead to a worldwide constitution switcheroo.
Now, over the past year, I've seen several movies and read several books that look terribly tedious and low budget but are really hidden gems. There was Sara Gruen's Riding Lessons which even after a year is one of my favourite books ever mostly targeted at adults and my favourite horse book. There was also To Kill a Mockingbird. Oh, and the movie The Hundred-Foot Journey. There are some exceptions though. I had very low expectations for The Art of Getting By which did more than meet them. I also hated F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and I'm currently reading The Bell Jar for English class and it's not going too well. And I had the same low expectations for something that sounded like a documentary, and the second it showed the woman's workplace, I was intrigued, because despite this cramped space in a leaky basement-like complex that reminded me of Auschwitz, the ladies didn't have the purple eyes and slouching frowns I was expecting, they seemed to be enjoying themselves. They also seem to enjoy riding their bikes rather than driving cars even though they work at a factory that make them. All along the way, what intrigued me was the law system behind this strike, how effective it brings people and corporations alike to their knees, how there were problems families faced with this strike, and it surprisingly turns violent, but not in the way you think. Also, while the movie is funny when it tries to be, especially this hilarious scene with a miscommunication of a sign that says, "We Want Sex Equality," this movie may not be for the most sensitive of souls. It spends a portion not taking itself too seriously and the next can be quite upsetting to people who may have lived through a sexist economic crisis themselves. Well then, in that case, it's a good thing we have this movie.
Also, you know something? Today, I did a cross country run, and for our races, how it works is the Midget Grade 9 Girls get 3 kilometres, Junior Girls get 4, Senior Girls get 5, and Midget Boys get 5 as well, even though they're midget, and the same sort of system applies to the Junior and Senior Boys. Why do you think that this rule is in place today? Is it the best idea? These slimy businessmen in the movie say how they'd go bankrupt if they gave equal pay. Do you think they were exaggerating or telling the truth? It's all so thought provoking, this subject.
Though I was kind of hoping for a bit more following the ending, Made in Dagenham is an entertaining and surprisingly inspiring movie about the world being turned upside down by one of us.