Stitch to your principles
Made in Dagenham, history-based equal-rights battle, rated R, Regal DeVargas, 3 chiles Just because a picture fills the lineaments of a classic predictable feel-good movie, a David-turning-the-tables-on-Goliath story line with a happy ending, it doesn’t mean it can’t be true. Or fact-based, as we like to say these days.
Once upon a time in a kingdom long, long ago and far, far away, which is to say swinging England in 1968, there was a Ford plant in Dagenham, a suburb of London; and there women, stripped comfortably down to their bras against the sweatshop heat, stitched the upholstery for the cars that rolled off an assembly line where they were assembled by men making a lot more money. When the women discovered the disparity in wages — they were making about 15 percent less than men did for comparable work — they went on strike. They did not get much support from their union leaders, men who did not see why the ladies were getting their knickers in a twist over something so obviously in accord with the laws of nature. But the women refused to be intimidated, stood up for their rights, enlisted allies, slogged through some rough going, and came out at the end with a deal that reduced the pay discrepancy
This year’s model: Jaime Winstone