Media on the Women of Steel film project
ABC NEWS February 27 2018
It is one of the most significant industrial relations victories in Australia's history that paved the way for women to work in blue collar industries, but many people have never heard of it.
The Jobs for Women campaign lasted 14 years and successfully pressured BHP to provide jobs for unskilled women at its Port Kembla plant.
It not only allowed Illawarra women to gain a full-time job at the city's biggest employer, it tested new antidiscrimination legislation introduced in 1977 when it was eventually brought to court.
"We were unemployed women and we couldn't get access to the law unless we got legal aid," campaigner Robynne Murphy said.
ABC NEWS May 1 2015
A crowd funding effort has been launched to turn the story of women being denied jobs at the Port Kembla steelworks in the 1980s into a feature film.
The historic campaign 'Jobs for Women' against the actions of BHP was started by a group of migrant women and feminists, and supported by unions and the Illawarra community.
ILLAWARRA MERCURY April 6, 2015
The one constant theme that came through from people who attended the various showings of the film was that one particular segment we featured, the Jobs for Women campaign at the steelworks from 1980 to 1994, should be made into a full-length film. So late last year, the crew who made Radical Wollongong teamed up with some of the women who were instrumental in the campaign to form the Jobs for Women Producers Group committed to making a feature film of the fight for jobs for women at the steelworks.
ILLAWARRA MERCURY June 20 2015
The Wollongong women behind the "Jobs for Women" campaign didn't intend to make history or to spearhead a women's liberation movement. All they wanted was a fair go and the chance of an unglamorous but decent paying job at the steel mill.
In the early 1980s, job opportunities for women were scarce in the Illawarra.
For many it was a choice between working in sweatshop conditions in the backyard garment industry or commuting to Sydney, which meant leaving home before the kids were awake and returning after their bedtime.
WOLLONGONG ADVERTISER May 4 2015
Melanie Barnes wants to make a film that "inspires a new generation of women by showing that injustice can be overcome".
She is part of a group of Wollongong and Sydney filmmakers who have launched a $25,000 crowdfunding drive to make a dramatic feature film on the historic Jobs for Women campaign at the Port Kembla steelworks.