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Film and march to celebrate Hunter Women of Steel


They took on the might of BHP – and they won.

They were fighting for equality, unionism, worker’s rights and migrant justice.

Their story has since been transformed into an award-winning documentary.

Women of Steel will be aired on Tuesday 8 March from 7pm at Hoyts Cinema in Green Hills.

The must-see screening will retell the inspiring true story of the women from Woollongong who fought BHP for the right to work, after the local steelworks refused to hire women despite newly implemented anti-discrimination legislation. 

Inspired by the fierce union and feminist movements of the time, they launched a political campaign calling for ‘Jobs for Women’. 

The screening this week, timed to coincide with International Women’s Day, will raise money for Newcastle-based not-for-profit charity Got Your Back Sista, who asssist thousands of local domestic violence survivors every year.

The event is being hosted by Hunter Workers and will include a Q&A with the screen’s producer Robynne Murphy.

Tickets can be purchased on Hunter Worker’s Facebook page. 

On Saturday 12 March, Hunter Workers will also stage an International Women’s Day march, starting at Birdwood Park at 10am and ending at Civic Park. 

“There’s no better way to celebrate women’s achievements this International Women’s Day than by attending our screening of Women of Steel,” Hunter Women’s Committee chair Leanne Holmes said.

“Not only will you be raising money for an incredible local charity, but you’ll also have the opportunity to hear from the director of Women of Steel herself.

“We have so much to learn from the incredible women featured in this documentary.

“Women today are still faced with the same injustices as those in the 80s. Women are still the first to be fired, and they are given less secure jobs which slows their career and pay progression.

“Women are more likely to work insecure jobs, and concurrently, female dominated industries are more likely to offer predominately insecure jobs. 

“This all has the run-off effect of leaving women with less pay, less career progression, less superannuation, and less ability to advocate for oneself and ask for pay rises or report instances of sexual harassment and other misconduct.”

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