Women of Steel

A rousing documentary, many years in the making, that follows a group of determined local women in their 14-year fight for the right to work in Wollongong’s steel industry. Forty years ago, Wollongong’s Jobs for Women Campaign, with director Robynne Murphy among its leaders, took on Australia’s most powerful company BHP – and won. But when the 1980s steel slump devastated the city’s economy, the women were forced into the courtroom.

Their struggle plays out against a background of societal changes: from anti-discrimination legislation, to the shifting roles of women in the home and workforce (particularly complex in Wollongong’s migrant, non-English speaking households). This fascinating account of the largely forgotten history of Australia’s Steel City was crafted over decades with support from local community volunteers and over 500 donors.

Australia | 2020 | 56 mins | In English, Turkish with English subtitles Director, Producer: Robynne Murphy | Film contact: Jobs for Women Film Producers Group. The 67th Sydney Film Festival: Virtual Edition and Awards – 10-21 June 2020

Thanks to Radical Times who had a role in providing archival footage for this film.

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