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Equal Pay For Women

The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom.

This month’s clip is ‘Equal Pay For Women’, polling opinions on the issue in 1946.


With this film, students could consider:


  • Before watching – what do you expect of people’s opinions in 1946?
  • What changes had happened that led to this movement?
  • What were Dame Anne’s arguments for equal pay?
  • What did van driver Tyler think?
  • What were window cleaner Fred Reid’s concerns?
  • What did Dr Joad suggest? What do you think about his views?
  • Did the opinions in the video match your expectations?
  • The gender pay gap among all employees was 15.5% in 2020, what conversations around pay are happening today? How similar are they to the views of 1946?

This video can be used in conjunction with our document collection on Attlee’s Britain, and discussions around Women’s History Month.

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