Monday, November 11, 2019

Working 9 to 5

The 1980 Movie '9 To 5' Is Still Depressingly Relevant For Women At Work

Huffpost: On the set of her 1980 film debut “9 To 5,” Dolly Parton wrote a working-class anthem that called out how workers don’t get compensated and recognized fairly for their contributions: “It’s a rich man’s game no matter what they call it / And you spend your life puttin’ money in his wallet.” Before Parton even begins to sing, we hear the clacking of a typewriter, a familiar drumbeat to office work.

But does the film itself hold up? “9 to 5” starred Jane Fonda (Judy), Lily Tomlin (Violet) and Parton (Doralee) as three working women in New York City who have had enough of being disrespected and underpaid by their “sexist egotistical lying hypocritical bigot” boss, played by Dabney Coleman. They team up to take him down, and in the process become the unseen architects of a happier, more productive workplace.

Forty years later, the progressive workplace Judy, Violet and Doralee created is still a utopia, not a reality.

Read the whole article here from Huffpost  


My Notes: After retirement in early 2000, I became very bored, having worked since I was 9 years old (paperboy). With salary being not the biggest issue, plus seeking a challenge, I applied for numerous "administrative" positions like "Secretary" as Rhonda.  The interview process was only the preview for what it it is like being treated as a female in the workplace. 

I called the process "Going Through The Glass Ceiling - The Opposite Way". After being hired, I worked for over eight years as an "Office Manager" and "Executive Assistant". The positions were two fundraising jobs and one as a museum membership coordinator. 

Wow, did I learn a lot!  Being male one cannot fathom the difference.  Working 9-to-5 was quite enlightening.  Shocking may be the better description.




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