Rita O'Grady wasn't looking to become a leader of the equal pay for women movement. In director Nigel Cole's film, she is presented as a strong woman who found herself thrust into a leadership role because there was no one else. Many will be reminded of NORMA RAE and DAGENHAM star Sally Hawkins gives a performance equal to Oscar winner Sally Fields.
Hawkins plays O'Grady, a seamstress at the Dagenham Ford Motor Company plant. She is part of the team that hand sews the seat upholstery. The 100 plus women who work at the planet get paid less than the male skilled laborers. Ford doesn't consider them skilled. So the women go on strike for themselves. Their union reluctantly supports them, but the company will not budge. If they give these women equal pay they'll have to do it everywhere.