All are welcome and events are free of charge, although for some you may need to book a place.
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. Facebook event page.
Morning tea and factory stories
Did you work in a factory in Barking and Dagenham between 1938 and 1968? Do you know a woman who did? Join us for morning tea and cake, and share stories and memories from the past. Tell us about your work, your friends, and how you let your hair down at the weekend! Come for a simple chat or share your story in an interview. Tuesday 17 April, 10am - 12pm, Barking Learning Centre, Free. Facebook event page.
Working for Equality Cinema: Mahanagar (The Big City)
Next in our Working For Equality series of free film screenings about women standing up for their rights at work is one of Satyajit Ray’s greatest films, Mahanagar / 'The Big City' (1963). The film follows the triumphs and frustrations of housewife Arati (played by Madhabi Mukherjee) and the effect on her family as she goes to work outside the home for the first time in late 1950s Calcutta. When she witness unfair treatment of her colleagues in her new job Arati is faced with a difficult decision. Wednesday 18 April, 6.30 - 8.30pm, Dagenham Library, Free. Facebook event page.
Working for Equality Cinema: Nightcleaners
Rare screening of this 1975 documentary about the landmark campaign to unionise night time office cleaners, led by May Hobbs and Cleaners Action. Nightcleaners was made by members of the Berwick Street Collective (Marc Karlin, Mary Kelly, James Scott and Humphry Trevelyan), about the campaign to unionize the women who cleaned office blocks at night and who were being victimized and underpaid. Wednesday 2 May, 6-8pm, Dagenham Library, Free. Facebook event.
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. Facebook event.
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.
Free, 2-5pm Saturday 28 July, Barking Park. Facebook event.
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.
Free, 11am - 3pm Saturday 18 August, Dagenham Library. Facebook event.
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. Facebook event.
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. Free, venue TBC, 11am - 3pm Sunday 9 September.
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. Facebook event.
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. Facebook event.