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Our Story

In 1973, a group of female office workers in Boston, fed up with being powerless and undervalued in the workplace, mobilized to change the way they were treated and paid. The group organized around their grievances; terms that didn’t yet exist– sexual harassment, pay equity and family leave. Forty years later, 9to5 has emerged as one of the largest, most respected national membership organizations of working women in the U.S.

Over the years, 9to5 has helped raise the expectations of low-wage women, who thought that change was out of their reach. Winning justice for working women, 9to5 fights for paid sick days, equal pay, family-supporting jobs with decent wages, and a strong safety net. We lift up the voices of women in low-wage jobs, build their leadership and empower them to bring about real change.

Our Victories

We’ve made huge, bold strides since Jane Fonda’s movie “9to5,” inspired by our group, premiered. Over the past 40 years, 9to5 has celebrated hard-won victories like the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the 1991 improvements in the Civil Rights Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and greater investments in child care and health care for working families.

We’ve helped win state and local victories on these same policy issues, as well as higher wages, income and work supports, civil rights, community benefits agreements, paid sick days, parental leave, and policies that support pay equity—all of which benefit the lowest-paid workers in our communities. We’ve put the inequities facing low-wage women on the national agenda.


9to5 has chapters based in five cities – Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and San Jose – and we have offices in the first four of those. We have chapters forming in several other cities, we have an Action Network of activist members throughout the country, and we have members in all fifty states.

2012 Accomplishments

A few of our campaign accomplishments in 2012 have included:

  • Won a “Ban the Box” campaign that took the question about past criminal convictions off the City of Atlanta’s employment application
  • Lead collaborative efforts that reached 250,000 voters in the weeks before the election in Colorado
  • Won an end to the misclassification of county workers as “dependent contractors” in California
  • Organized low-wage women to speak out for child care and living wage jobs in Wisconsin
  • Mobilized thousands in 21 cities across the country to support paid sick days on 9to5’s National Day of Action, and getting NDA op-eds placed in 11 city newspapers

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