Working 9 to 5: A Women's Movement, a Labor Union, and the Iconic Movie

  • 7h 57m 14s
  • Ellen Cassedy
  • Blackstone Audio, Inc. dba Blackstone Publishing
  • 2022

9 to 5 wasn’t just a comic film—it was a movement built by Ellen Cassedy and her friends.

Ten office workers in Boston started out sitting in a circle and sharing the problems they encountered on the job. In a few short years, they had built a nationwide movement that united people of diverse races, classes, and ages.

They took on the corporate titans. They leafleted and filed lawsuits and started a woman-led union. They won millions of dollars in back pay and helped make sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination illegal.

The women office workers who rose up to win rights and respect on the job transformed workplaces throughout America. And along the way came Dolly Parton’s toe-tapping song and a hit movie inspired by their work.

Working 9 to 5 is a lively, informative, firsthand account packed with practical organizing lore that will embolden anyone striving for fair treatment.

About the Author

Ellen Cassedy was a founder of the 9 to 5 organization in 1973. She is the coauthor of 9 to 5: The Working Woman’s Guide to Office Survival (with Karen Nussbaum) and The 9 to 5 Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment (with Ellen Bravo). Cassedy is a former columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, was a speechwriter in the Clinton administration, and has contributed to Huffington Post, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Hadassah, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications. She lives in New York City. Jane Fonda is an Academy Award–winning actor, producer, author, and a longtime activist. She lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

In this Audiobook

  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1 - Every Morning
  • Chapter 2 - Vying for Power
  • Chapter 3 - Start-Up
  • Chapter 4 - “I’m Not a Feminist, But…”
  • Chapter 5 - A Bill of Rights for Women Office Workers
  • Chapter 6 - Teetering for Our Rights
  • Chapter 7 - While He Was Wearing Them
  • Chapter 8 - In Our Glory! (Part I), “We Think a Lot of Women…”
  • Chapter 9 - A Union of Women, by Women, for Women
  • Chapter 10 - Se-Cre-ta-REES, Unite!
  • Chapter 11 - In Our Glory! (Part II), The Wallpaper Comes Alive
  • Chapter 12 - Going National
  • Chapter 13 - Hollywood
  • Chapter 14 - Our Union Goes National
  • Chapter 15 - Looking Back, Looking Ahead
  • Epilogue