The Women & Clothes of Nine to Five

In 1980, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton starred in the movie Nine to Five. They play three career women working for a, “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” whom they obviously do not much care for. Before you write this movie off as a goofy show about the hijinks of some zany broads (which it is in some ways), it also covers some things that we think are pretty damn important including (spoiler alert!)

1. Slut shaming

2. Women and the workplace

3. Women & leadership

4. Sexual harassment

5. Female friendships

6. What work environments can do to make things more welcoming and accessible for women.

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The shows name is incidentally the eponymous title of one of Parton’s greatest hits: Nine to Five.

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The movie, as mentioned above, came out in 1980 and the clothes are a perfect–totally classic career-women wear complete with bow blouses and polyester everything (as you can see with these screen stills).

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Interestingly, in real life, Jane Fonda is a well-known feminist activist, having been involved in VDAY, and even started a centre for adolescent reproductive health. Dolly Parton is also a great role model, she’s a major business tycoon (hello, Dollywood!), and talks openly about her background and growing up in a very poor family. Tomlin, too, has been connected to various feminist causes-hurray!

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Also amusing (spoiler alert again!)–the three of them take a day off to indulge in some substance use–seriously, Lily Tomlin’s character graciously accepts a joint from her well-intentioned teenage son, and she lights up with Fonda and Parton after a particularly rough day at work, and yes, things get especially entertaining.

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Seeing as it is International Women’s Day, def check this movie out with your cubicle mates!

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