Many have heard the song “Nine to Five” by the great Dolly Parton or seen the 1980s blockbuster of the same name starring Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda. Yet few realize that these two icons of popular culture grew out of a social movement that spanned over 25 years and sought to have a profound impact on women and the American workforce as a whole.
This illuminating documentary tells this little-known story, starting with a group of female office workers in Boston in the early 1970s who decided that they had suffered in silence long enough and created an organization to force changes in their workplaces. Largely forgotten today, the movement addressed still-relevant issues such as sexual harassment, pay equity, the “glass ceiling,” and the need for employer-supported family and medical leave. (85 mins., DCP)