Monday, February 10, 2014

Inspiration: Made in Dagenham (2010)

The British drama Made in Dagenham tells the true story of female workers who went on strike in 1968. This English dramatization of the women's strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant captures an epic revolution that changed History: the ladies walked out of work, in protest against sexual discrimination, with striker banners demanding equal rights and asking for equal salaries to men and better conditions of work. If this is not the epitome of girl power, I don't know what it is - yes, it is an awesomely entertaining, thought-provoking, feminist film.

The workers' fight for gender equal pay at the Essex factory was a constant struggle against the sexist opinion back in the day. These women earned only a fraction of the pay that their husbands received, can you believe it?! Everyone should know about this and reflect upon the hard struggle women had to face before getting some basic rights... And the fact is that women still fight for those rights nowadays!

Naturally, I got easily distracted by the flawlessly perfect recreation of the 1960s style. Every aspect of the decade's fashion is there: Jaime Winstone's Twiggy wannabe look in her platinum pixie hairstyle, giant lashes and scandalous shorts; Sally Hawkins' plain and simple girl-next-door look; Rosamund Pike's chic and classy Biba outfits. Expect beehives, raincoats, shift frocks, kitten heels and bicycles. Working class girls of the 1960s straight-off-the-pages-of-Vogue sort of thing.

Thank you, BBC Films, for this factually based gem that every woman should watch and be proud of what happened. I strongly recommend this adorably positive and moving film to everyone - I think it's important to witness the laboural crusade of those brave women who contributed for an evolution and change in their own generation. We should all embrace the triumph they achieved at a time when women were expected to be quiet, unopinionated and submissive. After watching Made in Dagenham, the viewer will certainly harbour that "YES WE CAN!" feeling inside, I assure you!


  1. tinha-o na watchlist do wareztuga mas não achei que me fosse entusiasmar; guess I was wrong x)

  2. Ainda hoje em certos sectores, como agricultura e trabalho fabril as mulheres continuam a ganhar menos que os homens. Mas claro que a situação não se compara com o que acontecia há décadas atrás.

  3. Nice inspiration!

    x Dawn

  4. O tema em si já é bom, mas os outfits não me deixam qualquer escolha. Acho que vou mesmo ter de ver. :)

  5. Nunca tinha ouvido falar, mas fiquei com vontade de ver. O figurino parece maravilhoso.

  6. Ahahahaahahh coincidencia brutal, ainda há pouco tempo vi este filme!!!

  7. great post! This is just so so chic. I like!

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  8. This sounds like it would be right up my alley, and so much outfit envy! :)
    xo Hannah

  9. The bit where Rosamund Pike goes to her house and says, "I have a degree from Oxford and my husband thinks I'm an idiot" and "Don't give up! Keep going!" always makes me cry! x

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