I watched Made in Dagenham on the plane back from Puerto Rico. While it’s not the best movie made recently, it’s a timely reminder of how good things have to be fought for.
A few takeaways:
- Many things are rights not privileges - The right to a decent husband, the right to safe homes, the right to walk without fear on the streets, the right to equal pay for equal work - The scene where Rita’s husband tells her how lucky she is that he is a decent man who looks after the kids and doesn’t fool around…that’s a right, not a privilege. Equality, in this show in particular, is a right…but equality of what, outcome or opportunity? (Something to think about: maybe equity, not equality?)
- Having a degree from a first-class university, being smart or having achieved a lot doesn’t make any difference if people already hold prejudices against you and believe in unjust stereotypes that reinforce social structures - “I have a first class degree from one of the best universities in the world, and my husband treats me like an idiot” - Lisa, following a dismissal by her husband after a passionate, insightful and intelligent speech to his colleague about the Dagenham’s women’s strike for equal pay
It’s not to say that all things are equally worthy, or even right to fight for. But sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s right or worthy unless it’s first voiced and challenged.