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9to5: The Story of A Movement

2020 1h 29m Documentary List
100% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 90% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
In the early 1970s, a group of secretaries in Boston decided that they had suffered in silence long enough. They started fighting back, creating a movement to force changes in their workplaces. This movement became national, and is a largely forgotten story of U.S. twentieth century history. It encapsulates a unique intersection of the women's movement with the labor movement. The awareness these secretaries brought to bear on women's work reverberates even today. Clericals were the low-wage workers of their era. America now confronts the growing reality of deep income inequality. The stories and strategies of these bold, creative women resonates in contemporary America. Read More Read Less
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Tomris Laffly Variety Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar engagingly look back into the '70s for the roots of the movement that inspired a Hollywood hit and the famous Dolly Parton song. Dec 18, 2020 Full Review Kate Erbland indieWire Veering from the well-assembled focus of its first half doesn't diminish the power of the group's story, but it does end a vital film on a weaker note. Rated: B Jun 26, 2020 Full Review Caryn James Hollywood Reporter Energetic, informative and bracing. Jun 19, 2020 Full Review Jake Mulligan Dig Boston There are passages where the film plays like a PowerPoint, but only because it's truly committed to function over form. Rated: 3/5 Aug 23, 2021 Full Review Jana Monji Age of the Geek This documentary tells the story how women changed the workplace, inspired a film starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton and Parton's song. This should be required viewing for Women's History Month. Rated: 4/5 Aug 15, 2021 Full Review Carla Hay Culture Mix The documentary 9to5: The Story of a Movement shines a deserving spotlight on the activists who fought for gender equality in the U.S. workforce, beginning in the early 1970s ... The documentary ... has a lively conversational tone. Feb 18, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member This documentary was really good. The entire crew did a fantastic job on bringing this story to life. This true story about the 9 to 5 movement was inspirational, dramatic, and shocking. It's about fighting for equality and justice in the workforce. If you haven't seen this documentary yet, check it out sometime. It's worth watching. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In the early 1970s, a group of secretaries in Boston decided that they had suffered in silence long enough. They started fighting back, creating a movement to force changes in their workplaces. This movement became national, and is a largely forgotten story of U.S. twentieth century history. It encapsulates a unique intersection of the women's movement with the labor movement. The awareness these secretaries brought to bear on women's work reverberates even today. Clericals were the low-wage workers of their era. America now confronts the growing reality of deep income inequality. The stories and strategies of these bold, creative women resonates in contemporary America.
Director
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Producer
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Production Co
The Better Angels Society, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Chicken And Egg Pictures, Fork Films, The National Endowment for the Arts, Dobkin Family Foundation, Ohio Humanities Council
Genre
Documentary
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 19, 2020
Runtime
1h 29m
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