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How the women’s movement in Britain fought for equality in the workplace

Duration: 07:48

Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney traces the history of the women’s movement in Britain and discovers how women fought for equality in the workplace. Gemma meets a one hundred year old woman who describes how work opportunities have changed for women over her lifetime.

In World War One and World War Two women did men’s jobs. Women were not paid the same as men. In 1968 women working in the Ford Dagenham car factory went on strike for equal pay and to be classed as skilled workers. Gemma meets two women who took part in the Dagenham strike. The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1970 and Gemma asks if women today are equal at work with men.

Available since: Tue 4 Jun 2013

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One Hundred Years of the Women's Movement

Gemma Cairney journeys through the history of the women's movement.

First broadcast: 04 Jun 2013

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