Why Some Men Still Think Women Shouldn’t Work

From left: Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Jane Fonda star in the 1980 film 9 to 5 Photograph by 20th Century Fox/Everett Collection

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.

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