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Made in Dagenham



Made in Dagenham is an important film about the 1968 Ford Dagenham strike. Working class women whose job involved sewing together the car seat covers organised this strike and their actions led to the advent of the Equal Pay Act. They worked in poor factory conditions for long hours then went home to their domestic lives and responsibilities. The film explores their journey and presents us with a compelling account of their struggle.

Using a range of sources, including the film itself, you are going to work in a small group to undertake a historical enquiry into the position and status of women in the late 1960s. Your enquiry will be in two main parts:

  • Research and Planning
  • Presentation

Before you begin your historical enquiry, watch these clips from the interview with Mary Davis, Professor of Labour History at London Metropolitan University. During viewing, make notes on points you think may be significant for your presentation.