The Hired Hands
TitleThe Hired Hands
DirectorJudith Jackson
CountryUK
Year1985
Duration30mins
FormatUmatic video
DescriptionThis documentary takes a critical look at the conditions of employment for the one in three women who work as typists, receptionists, clerks and secretaries in Great Britain and examines why women in these positions are often underpaid and exploited. An Alfred marks survey in 1982 reported that over 50% of women office-workers complained of sexual harassment at work and the majority of these wome felt they could only deal with the situation by leaving their jobs. The tape pulls together these facts and more, raising issues around equal pay, the part-time trap and how stereotypes affect our choice of work.