Working for Equality: the fight for fair pay and equal rights
April – November 2018, Barking & Dagenham
Focusing on 50 years in the struggle for working women’s rights in Britain, 1918 to 1968, our programme of public events and mobile exhibition will explore changing ideas about the ‘proper place’ for a woman in the 20th century.
Beginning with suffragette equal pay campaigns during the First World War and ending with the Ford Dagenham sewing machinist’s strike that inspired the Equal Pay Act, women factory workers are at the heart of the story.
All are welcome and events are free of charge, although for some you may need to book a place.
Inspiring women from East London’s history
Join us for an entertaining and inspiring evening sharing words of wisdom and stories of courage from local heroes past and present. Find out more about the East End Women's Museum, tell us which women you'd like to celebrate, and find out how you can get involved in our Working For Equality project this summer. Thursday 22 March, 6.30 - 8pm, Barking Learning Centre, Free.
Working for Equality Cinema: Norma Rae
Sally Fielding plays North Carolina factory worker Norma Rae Webster in this Academy award-winning film about a woman who discovers her own strength when she takes on the management. Wednesday 4 April, 6-8pm, Barking Learning Centre, Free.
Working for Equality Cinema: Made In Dagenham
Almost 50 years to the day since the landmark sewing machinist’s strike at the Ford plant which inspired the Equal Pay Act watch the film of their story, plus archive footage and interviews. Wednesday 30 May, 6-8pm, Barking Learning Centre, Free.
Votes for Women Garden Party
Join us for a garden party marking 90 years since women won the vote at the age of 21. We’ll be celebrating the ‘flappers’ who voted for the first time in 1929 and the young women who followed them by dancing down the decades: watch demonstrations of the charleston, the jitterbug, rock n roll, and the twist, and maybe try some steps yourself! Enjoy some refreshments, make a suffragette sash, and visit our exhibition about women’s fight for equality in the workplace from the suffragettes to the Ford Dagenham strikers.
Girls Do Science Family Day
You might have heard of the ‘munitionettes’ who worked on the assembly line in factories during the First World War, but did you know women worked as scientists too? Our family event celebrates women’s contribution to science, technology, engineering, maths and manufacturing then and now, highlighting role models and exciting innovations along the way. Join us for inspiring talks, games, activities and demonstrations, find out about studying and working in STEM, and visit our mobile exhibition.
Working for Equality Cinema: 9 to 5
The classic 1980 comedy starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin as three working women who live out their fantasies of getting even with their sexist, bullying boss. Wednesday 22 August, 6 - 8pm, Barking Learning Centre, Free.
Strong Women Family Day
In 1926 boxer Annie Newton challenged people who said women shouldn’t box by asking if it was “half as hard work as scrubbing floors? Is it any more risky than working in a munitions factory?” Our family event celebrates strong women and girls past and present: from Annie Newton to Nicola Adams, the courage of the suffragettes and the ‘munitionettes’, and every woman who has ever scrubbed a floor. Visit our exhibition and enjoy games and activities, fascinating stories, and demonstrations by sports clubs.
Working for Equality Cinema: Hidden Figures
The inspiring story of a team of African-American mathematicians at NASA during the early 1960s who overcome the prejudice and discrimination of their colleagues, the company, and the law to achieve their goals. Wednesday 3 October, 6 – 8pm, Barking Learning Centre, Free.
Women of colour in UK labour history: film screening and panel discussion
Join us for a documentary screening about the 1976 Grunwick Strike, which was led largely by migrant women workers of South Asian origin. The film will be followed by a panel discussion about the often overlooked contribution of WOC in labour history, as well as interactions of race, class, and gender in industrial action and activism. Thursday 18 October, 7– 9pm, Barking Learning Centre, Free.
If you would like to volunteer as part of Working For Equality, share some of your memories of working in a factory in Barking & Dagenham, or get involved in any other way please contact us using this form.