September 25, 2013 by Ms Magazine
When the 40-year-old organization “9 to 5” —subtitled “Winning Justice for Working Women”—celebrates its “ruby” anniversary at several upcoming events, it will recharge itself for the battles ahead. But it’s also a time to pat itself on the back for what it’s achieved since 1973 on behalf of U.S. women workers.
Since a group of office workers in Boston first organized the group, 9to5 has been on the frontlines of successful fights for such major national policies as the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It has also lobbied at local and state levels for higher wages, civil rights, parental leave and more—”all of which benefit the lowest-paid workers in our communities.” 9to5 even, according to its website, inspired the popular comedy film about mistreated women office workers, 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin.