Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar
SXSW 2020 (unscreened)
DOC NYC, Nantucket, AFI Docs, IDFA, Full Frame, Hot Springs Doc, Philadelphia, RiverRun
A look back at the 1970s movement by secretaries and female office workers to demand better working conditions.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
The latest film from Oscar-winners Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar explores a pivotal but little remembered intersection of women’s rights and labor rights. In the early 1970s, secretaries and other female office workers were underpaid, undervalued, unable to advance, and often subject to sexual harassment. In the wake of the Women’s Liberation Movement, a group of women in Boston finally had enough, joining together to begin 9to5, a movement that would sweep the nation with irreverent, attention-getting actions to demand meaningful change—and later inspire the eponymous hit film and song.