One of the things you should know prior to watching this movie is that women in industry in the late 60’s were still taken far less serious than their male counterparts. They were labeled as “unskilled”, “untrained” and were paid for that. In 1968, a major strike took place at Ford car factory plant and this strike would eventually become a very important event for women’s rights in the United Kingdom, then in the rest of the Western World. “Made In Dagenham” depicts those events in a clever and enjoyable way. But on a micro level, the story deals with how women have their work cut out for them, when they’re out in the workfield, and yet having a family to take care of at home. Now I don’t know about you, but I personally think that a woman’s role in society isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It’s never an easy juggle, but more of a struggle really especially when there’s not enough money coming in.
The movie works exactly like you’d expect it to do. It does have a woman in the lead (Sally Hawkins who was terrific in “Happy Go Lucky”) that carries the movie perfectly. I couldn’t ask for more. It may be a small slice of 1960’s history, but it’s a film that packs a big punch. Do not miss it.