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Business & Economy

9to5: The Fight for Women's Equality in the Workplace

Virtual Forum

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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"Organizing is about having individual conversations, giving people space, room and opportunity to speak their own truth, and to talk about what they want to change for themselves as a collective group." – Yanela Sims

9to5: The Story of Movement is the latest film from Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar. The film chronicles the previously untold story of the founding of 9to5, an organization started by a group of secretaries in Boston in 1972 in response to rampant discrimination, unfair pay, lack of upward mobility, and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Their ideas spread rapidly − in Cleveland, Cincinnati, San Francisco and dozens of other cities − eventually leading to a nationwide effort at the intersection of the women’s movement and the labor movement, and serving as inspiration for both the 1980 film starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton and the hit song "9to5."

Today, as America grapples with deep economic, racial, and gender inequality, the stories and strategies of these women still resonate − and continue to inform current frontline efforts. Join us as Reichert and female labor leaders connect the past to the present, discussing how women changed the labor movement and examine the work still left to be done.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12 p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

9to5: The Story of a Movement is available for viewing on local PBS affiliates and PBS Passport. Check your local listings for details.

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