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We are excited to conclude our 20th Century Women series, which was interrupted by the shutdown, online with a special screening of the acclaimed documentary 9to5: The Story of a Movement. From Oscar-winning documentarians Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, this rousing documentary delves into the little-known but impactful legacy of the working women’s movement.

By the end of the 1970s, there were 12 million more women in the workforce than there had been at the beginning of the decade. Many of these women entered the field of clerical work, where they were met with low wages, little opportunity for advancement and rampant sexual harassment. Responding to this seemingly hopeless situation, several Boston secretaries started a movement with the aim of achieving respectful and tangible workplace rights for women, and their vision soon spread across the nation.

Fresh off their Academy Award win for last year’s American Factory, Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar return with a valuable work of historical reevaluation, highlighting the many women whose work joined together the aims of the women’s movement and labor movement. 9to5 may be most widely known today as the inspiration for the iconic comedy and Dolly Parton song, but, as this doc vividly demonstrates, its impact still resonates in ways that are profound and urgent.

This film series is supported by a grant from the Fund for Williamstown of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. It is also sponsored by the Williamstown League of Women Voters.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    86 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar
  • Cast
    Karen Nussbaum, Mary Jung, Verna Barksdale, Kim Cook, Debbie Schneider, Carol Sims, Anne Hill, Jackie Harris, Ellen Cassedy, Adair Dammann, Lane Windham
  • Cinematographer
    Steven Bognar
  • Editor
    Jaime Meyers Schlenck
  • Composer
    Wendy Blackstone