Both the film and the song "9 to 5" exposed gender inequity in the workplace. It was done for laughs, which was the only way it could reach a mass audience, but still made a strong statement, with three female leads taking on their stereotypically disparaging boss.
The song has a jaunty tone that fits the movie, but the lyrics ring true for many women:They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it
Parton was more than qualified to write these lines, having conquered the male-dominated world of country music with extraordinary tact and ambition.
"9 to 5" didn't start any kind of movement, but did push the issue forward. When the #metoo uprising took shape, it became a touchstone to measure progress - women were still earning considerably less than men and dealing with an often criminal level of disrespect. In 2018, punk rock forebears Alice Bag, Kathleen Hanna and Allison Wolfe teamed up to re-create scenes from the movie for the video to "77,"
a song that refers to women earning only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.