“Another word for hectic is ‘survival,'” said Tressie McMillan Cottom, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who followed a passion project about Ms. Parton. In addition to paid work and “micro-entrepreneurship”, women often take on an important responsibility for care, she said. It is necessary to acknowledge, but she added, “We shouldn’t appreciate it.”
Professor McMillan Cottom noted that she was impressed with the subject of the ad – a black woman whose sideline is dancing (she makes a website of herself). At least that’s something, she said. Women of color, especially black women and Latina women, have always had to be hectic – and bear the brunt of job loss during Covid-19.
“This ad targets a demographic that I’m not sure currently exists in the pandemic,” said Marianne Cooper, Stanford sociologist and author of Cut Adrift: Families in Uncertain Times. “It’s great to be in a hurry to make your dreams come true. It is different when you have to hurry to get through. “
Ms. Parton’s original anthem spoke for solidarity among working women. It had “that kind of” take that job and push it’s “tone,” said Joan C. Williams, a workplace scholar. She said the song that came out during her law school “showed me Dolly Parton was a gun.”
The update – even if Ms. Parton didn’t write the lyrics this time – could speak more for the gloomy reality of every woman for herself.
The 9to5 organization, which is the subject of a new documentary, began in 1973 with a group of 10 young Boston office workers who were earning less than $ 3 an hour and receiving no benefits. Many had trained the men who would become their bosses.
They distributed leaflets in the ladies’ rooms of the local offices and met over coffee. They drafted a Bill of Rights for Office Workers that included things like equal pay, job descriptions, and respect. On National Secretaries Day they organized a protest – they tried to “retake” the holiday by saying they wanted “increases, not roses”.