Woman of Steel

Finalist Sydney Film Festival Documentary Award

Women of Steel

2020 56 minutes Rated G

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.

Producer/Director  Robynne Murphy

Consulting Producer  Martha Ansara

Music  Jan Preston

Editors Phillip Crawford / Rowena Crowe

Song, “Don’t Stop Me Now” written and performed by Mo’Ju

Finalist ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Awards –Best Documentary – History category • Best Documentary – Social & Political category