That was the headline in the Sunday Times – and yes I do want kids age 12 and over to see Made in Dagenham – the film that portrays a hugely important part of our social history.
Made in Dagenham tells the tale of the women who came out on strike from the Ford Dagenham plant because they were paid less than their male counterparts.
Yes – there is some bad language – but this is an important film. And given what can be seen by children all over the place that is really offensive – like the way women are often treated as objects in music videos or lads’ mags – the idea that you can restrict something this good from youngsters under 15 seems wrong.
I hope the British Board of Film Classification will reconsider their decision and give it the 12A certificate it merits. The equal pay act was spawned by these women’s fight for equality – and we are still fighting today. The attitudinal behaviour between the genders starts very early – the sooner both boys and girls are aware and find understanding the better.