9 to 5 features three working women (Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin) in the 1980’s overthrow their sexist, lying, chauvinistic, hypocritical, bigot of a boss (Colin Higgins) who enforces gender inequality in a typical office setting. The women triumph by breaking through the glass ceiling and putting positive changes for women in place. 9 to 5 defies the 5 myths about women in the workplace.
- Women do not have merit because their gender identity does not carry authority. Their value depends on beauty, flawlessness, and body type.
- The gender pay gap is exaggerated.
- Women with children don’t want top jobs, promotions, or careers.
- Women should act like men or need to be rescued by them.
- To be successful, women need to abandon their authentic, honest, and real selves and must forego their personal standards and values even if this means creating an internal struggle.
Instead of giving into these myths, women should lean in–a concept developed and promoted by Sheryl Sandberg–to planning their career progression. Make working 9 to 5 about taking risks and self-promotion and self-advocacy. Moving up in the workplace isn’t about being domineering, independent, ambitious, or self-confident. These traits are typically not a cultural compliment for women anyway. Moving up is about aiming high and doing all the things women are afraid to do. Don’t watch from the sidelines waiting politely for an invitations to lean in. Shake those feelings of self-doubt and pursue opportunities that are in reach.