HomeLearning CenterBecause We’re ‘Still Working 9 to 5’: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton Win ERA Coalition’s Trailblazer Award at Hollywood Premiere

Because We’re ‘Still Working 9 to 5’: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton Win ERA Coalition’s Trailblazer Award at Hollywood Premiere

Originally published by Tory Davis for Ms. Magazine

The feminist stars of the hit film 9 to 5 were fired up and aglow last week, along with a constellation of activists, filmmakers, writers and celebs at the Hollywood premiere of Still Working 9 to 5Or as Equal Rights Amendment activist and actor Patricia Arquette told this reporter, “We got some badass broads here tonight.”  

The ERA Coalition Forward awarded Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton (in attendance via a pre-recorded video) with the Women’s Equality Trailblazer Award for their fearless work to bring the film—with its still relevant message—to fruition, as well as Fonda and Tomlin’s steadfast commitment to getting the ERA enshrined in the Constitution. 

As Tomlin told Ms., “The ERA is fundamental to the culture. We’re one of the few industrialized countries that does not have some kind of law… [for] equality between the sexes.”

Fonda leaned in with a message for Congress: “Come on! It’s time! It’s been 100 years!” Then added, “It’s been ratified, so get it published already!”

“[The ERA] means everything. I’ve been a tremendously independent person all my life, even when I was little. Nobody messed with me. That’s the way it should be for all women. Women should not ever have to feel obligated to do something they don’t want to do to get a job or keep a job,” said actor Donna Mills.

The evening featured a screening of Still Working 9 to 5, a documentary directed by Camille Hardman and Gary Lane, which has interviews with the film’s original celebrities, including the late Dabney Coleman as well as Broadway leads Allison Janney and Rita Moreno, to examine how decades later women’s rights still have far to go—and to advocate for publishing the already-ratified ERA in the U.S. Constitution.  

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