In the 1980 movie 9 to 5, Lily Tomlin’s male boss denies her a promotion because, as he puts it, “the company needs a man in this position.” Tomlin blows up at him. She criticizes the corporate boys’ club and men who feel threatened by ambitious women. “Spare me the women’s lib crap, OK?” her boss tells her. He still doesn’t give her the promotion.
Thirty-four years later, 9 to 5 feels dated. Women now make up almost half of the workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. No one says “women’s lib,” anymore, and thankfully we’ve all given up on shoulder pads. But considering a report published in Administrative Science Quarterly, the movie might not be as antiquated as we’d like to think.