The Women

Australian Workers Film Guide


Among the first four women to work in the Queensland coalmines, Patty Ryan recounts her battle to win maternity leave after she was sacked by the company due to her pregnancy. The matter was finally settled in court and the company was ordered to re-instate her, thereby setting a precedent for maternity leave on the Queensland coal fields.

Special Notes/Achievement

Released as bonus material for DVD and online distribution, this short film is one of nine micro documentaries constructed from unused material collected for the feature documentary Blood On The Coal (2015).

Author: J Bird, 2023

Duration: 5 mins 29 secs

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Film Producer: Xanon Murphy, Sofia Madden,

Film Writer: Jeff Bird, Paddy Gorman,

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