9to5: The Story of a Movement

Karen Nussbaum, Valarie Long
Indie Lens Pop-Up Film Series
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Program: 
6:00 pm
RSVP Required

There’s a story – important and real-life – behind 9 to 5, both the iconic workplace-revenge movie and the catchy Dolly Parton song. 

It’s told compellingly in the new documentary 9to5: The Story of a Movement, the latest online installment of the Indie Lens Pop-Up cinema initiative. The film follows a group of clerical workers in Boston in the 1970s who, like their fictional big-screen colleagues, were fed up with low pay, demeaning tasks, little to no appreciation, and frequent harassment. They founded a support group of sorts, called 9to5, that grew into a national movement to empower women at work. 

The 86-minute doc is screened and Karen Nussbaum, one of the two 9to5 founders, joins a live-chat discussion afterward. Also part of the panel is Valarie Long, international executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who has been instrumental in the union’s effort to address pay inequality, family and medical leave, and workplace violence against women. 

The program also features remarks by the documentary’s director and producer, Julia Reichert, and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler. 

The online event is co-presented by 9to5 and the AFL-CIOArkansas Peace & Justice Memorial MovementBud Werner Memorial LibraryCharitable Film NetworkCoalition of Labor Union WomenCoworker.orgDurango Public LibraryFight for $15, Georgia Public BroadcastingGlobal Peace Film FestivalHawai‘i Women in FilmmakingJobs With JusticeKellogg-Hubbard LibraryLabor and Working-Class History AssociationMaryland Public TelevisionMeaningful Movies ProjectMidwest AcademyNational Employment Law ProjectPanhandle PBSPBS Hawai‘iPickford Film CenterService Employees International UnionTillotson CenterUnited Association for Labor EducationUpstate FilmsWCTE Public BroadcastingWorking AmericaWSIU Public BroadcastingYale Film Archive, and Zinn Education Project. Support comes from ITVS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS

RSVP here to access the event.