Coalmining Women (Film)

Coalmining Women

  •  Elizabeth Barret
  •  1981
  • Color IconColor
  •  38:32
  •  16 mm film
Film Description
Interviewed at home and on the job, female coal miners tell of the conditions that led them to seek employment in this traditionally male-dominated industry — and the problems they encountered once hired. Watching these women bolt mine roofs, shovel beltlines, haul rock dust, and build ventilation barriers leaves little doubt that they can, indeed, do the work while bringing a special understanding to the problems all miners face. Coalmining Women traces women’s significant contributions to past coalfield struggles and the importance of their newer position as working miners in an excellent film for audiences interested in women in nontraditional roles, women’s history, labor studies, and women as a force for social change.

Screenings & Festivals
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Channel 4/Great Britain
  • London Film Festival
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival

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“Highly recommended.” — Catalyst: A Bibliography of Audio-Visual Materials Relating to Women and Work
“THE film on this topic for a long time to come. Thoroughly engrossing.” — American Association for the Advancement of Science
“A powerful and insightful film.” — New York University
“An important contribution to the growing archives of labor history and a stirring tribute to the women who fought for the right to mine this nation’s coal.” — United Mine Workers of America