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Women Workers go on Strike at Ford in 1968

Almost 50 years ago, 200 women at the Ford factory in Dagenham England, when on strike to demand equal pay to what their male colleagues were receiving.  Women doing the same work as men were received only 50% of their pay.  After almost a month of being on strike, and costing Ford £8m, the company agreed to a roadmap that would quickly get the women to equal pay.  This was a major factor contributing to the 1970 Equal Pay legislation.  Read the Guardian's story and have a look into the past.  Today things are better but still not there.  Women still earn less than men in almost all western countries of the world.  The gender pay gap is still something worth striking over.

Comments by Mary Sue Rogers

Posted On : 10-10-17

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