9to5: The Story of A Movement

9to5: The Story of A Movement

In the early 1970s, a group of secretaries in Boston decided that they had suffered in silence long enough. They started fighting back, creating a movement to force changes in their workplaces. This movement became national, and is a largely forgotten story of U.S. twentieth century history. It encapsulates a unique intersection of the women’s movement with the labor movement. The awareness these secretaries brought to bear on women’s work reverberates even today. Clericals were the low-wage workers of their era. America now confronts the growing reality of deep income inequality. The stories and strategies of these bold, creative women resonates in contemporary America.

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Julia Reichert

Steve Bognar




Directors: Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar
Producer: Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar
Cinematographer: Steve Bognar
Editor: Jaime Meyers Schlenck
Music: Wendy Blackstone
Principal Cast: Karen Nussbaum, Mary Jung, Verna Barksdale, Kim Cook, Debbie Schneider, Carol Sims, Anne Hill, Jackie Harris, Ellen Cassedy, Adair Dammann
Additional Credits: Animator & Designer: Paula Kinsel, Line Producer: Melissa Godoy, Production Office Coordinator: Ben Evory, Associate Producer: Crystal Whetstone


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Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 89 mins