For those of us of a certain age, the movie 9 to 5 served as a comedic but affirming fictional story of what women often endure in the workplace, as Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda exacted revenge on “the man.” Over Labor Day weekend, social media was abuzz as Dolly teamed up with Kelly Clarkson for a remake of the movie’s trailblazing working woman’s anthem. We learned that the timely release of the remake is in support of a new documentary called Still Working 9 to 5. Sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, it’s being showered with accolades and has been deemed both a celebration of progress made and a reminder of battles still to fight for workplace equality.

Hatcher is a proud supporter of labor unions and a collaborator on workforce issues, including the successful Fight for 15 Maryland Coalition to increase the minimum wage. In this edition of Spark, we honor labor rights activists and discuss our partnership with SEIU Local 500 to advance regional labor goals. Also, while September is synonymous with back to school, the planning and productivity vibe permeates the office, too. Our earned media colleagues step in to help with tips and tricks, providing advice on op-ed placement, and extolling the virtues of editorial calendars.

September will bring an end to summer and we’ll soon settle into new work, school, and family routines. But the hard work continues for equitable, living wages and benefits, and safe workplaces free of discrimination and harassment. We might suggest a little inspiration from Dolly, Lily, and Jane in Still Working 9 to 5.

Finally, if you’re in the DC metro area, please save the date for October 27th. We’ll be hosting an Open House in our new Bethesda office and we’d truly love to see you. More information will be forthcoming.