Excerpts: The Real ‘Norma Rae’ Died Yesterday

  • Her actions helped to bring a union contract to employees at a J.P. Stevens textile plant in Roanoke Rapids, NC, and she gained national fame as a symbol of women’s and laborers’ right after her efforts (and jailing) were fictionalized in the movie.
  • J.P. Stevens management ultimately signed a contract with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1980, after the release of the movie. Sally Field won an Academy Award for her portrayal.

Source: Daily Kos