Working 9 to 5

9 to 5 wasn’t just a Hollywood box office hit and a toe-tapping song—it was a movement built by women determined to win fair treatment on the job. Ellen Cassedy was
a founder of this workplace feminist movement. In Working 9 to 5 she tells
the story.

Chicago Review Press
September 6, 2022


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Working 9 to 5

A women’s movement, a labor union, and the iconic movie

Chicago Review Press
Release date: September 6, 2022

Starting out in Boston in 1973, the women of 9 to 5 built a nationwide feminist movement that united people of diverse races, classes, and ages.
They took on the corporate titans. They leafleted, filed lawsuits, and started a woman-led union. They won millions of dollars in back pay and helped make sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination illegal.
When women rose up to win rights and respect at the office, they transformed workplaces throughout America. Along the way came Dolly Parton’s toe-tapping song and the movie inspired by their work.
Working 9 to 5 is a lively, informative, firsthand account packed with practical organizing lore that will embolden anyone striving for fair treatment.

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“The entire time that we were working on the movie I could carry
in my heart that this was married to a movement.”


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Photo by Steve Cagan
Women pressed for fair job policies at banks, insurance companies, universities, and more.

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Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton starred in the 1980 movie inspired by the 9 to 5 movement.

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Photo courtesy of 9to5 National Association of Working Women
9 to 5 is active across the country today.

Learn more about Ellen
and her work.

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Photograph by Brad Fowler