Virtual Film Screening - 9to5: The Story of a Movement

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Date: January 28, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual event
5401 Cass
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Movie

WKAR Public Media  

the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban and  

MSU WorkLife Office at Michigan State University 

Present a Virtual Preview Screening of  

January 28, 7pm 

When Dolly Parton sang “9 to 5,” she was doing more than just shining a light on the fate of American working women. Parton was singing the true story of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple—better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment—but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace.

The film draws heavily on SEIU District 925 archival records from the Reuther Library as well as SEIU Photos collections.


Virtual Film Screening Followed by a Panel Discussion 

Event is Free, but RSVP Requested: 




Panel Moderator: Jaimie Hutchison 

Deputy Director, WorkLife Office at Michigan State University 

Lane Windham 

U.S. Historian, Georgetown University 


Kim Cook 

The Worker Institute at Cornell University 


Amanda Walter 

Department of History at Towson University