Women of Steel tells the story of the 1980-1994 Jobs for Women campaign, a landmark in Australian industrial law. It has been called the ‘most important piece of discrimination litigation that has occurred in this country’ and compared to the Harvester basic wage case of the 1900s and the equal pay cases of the 1960s and 1970s’.1
They were the first group to take a complaint of sex discrimination at work to the NSW Equal Opportunity Tribunal. Their High Court victory against BHP set a precedent for the employment of women in non-traditional areas of work and the interpretation of direct and indirect discrimination.
In the Classroom
Stream or purchase the Women of Steel DVD in your classroom along with a free download of our Teacher’s Pack / Education Study Guide. Download Education Study Guide Here
In the meantime, you can organise an online school screening by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Teacher’s Pack / Education Study Guide can be linked to the following areas with the Australian Curriculum:
- Civics and Citizenship
- Health and Physical Education
- The General Capabilities of ‘Ethical Understanding’ and ‘Personal and Social Capability’
‘Women of Steel’ is also recommended as a supplementary text for students studying the following Senior School and tertiary subjects:
- Business Studies
- Legal Studies Politics
- Women’s Studies
Along with links to specific Curriculum, the Teacher’s Pack / Education Study Guide also includes a number of ‘Viewing Activities’ while watching Women of Steel, and a number of ‘Post Viewing Activities’ for students involved in any of the above curriculum.