Women of Steel

A film by Mon Valley Media

1984 | 28 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 99395


For women who entered the nation's steel mills in the 1970s, the mill was a ticket out of traditionally low-paying "women's jobs" and in some cases, out of poverty. But any gains for women were short lived. WOMEN OF STEEL looks at a turning point in the history of American industry and the disastrous effects widesweeping layoffs and plant closings had on women and families, affirmative action plans, and the union movement. An important historical documentary which has an eerie relevance to women's place in the American economy today.


"These gutsy women and their stories will interest public libraries and community group audiences."



  • National Comm. on Working Women, First Prize
  • National Educational Film Festival, First Prize
  • Chicago Int'l Film Festival, Certificate of Merit


Mon Valley Media

Mon Valley Media is a nonprofit organization committed to documenting the culture and history of women, working people and people of color in Western Pennsylvania; bringing knowledge of this history and culture to the schools, community groups, and public and alternative media. Projects undertaken by Mon Valley Media are meant to provide positive portraits of real, working people and their unions. (07/09)

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