9to5: The Story of a Movement
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WTTW believes in the power of film to engage communities in dialogue around the most important social and cultural issues of our time. Our Community Screenings brings audiences together to experience the best of PBS documentaries, to spotlight societal and culturally relevant topics that can promote healthy discussions long after the film airs.
Join WTTW for 9to5: The Story of a Movement, an Indie Lens Pop-Up film. Before the hit song or film, 9to5 was an inspiring movement for equality that encapsulated the spirit of both the women’s and labor movements of the 1970s.
After the screening, Sylvia Ewing, who can be seen on WTTW and around the country, as an on-air television host for PBS fundraising specials will moderate the online conversation with community and thought leaders. Sylvia will be joined by Tina Tchen (Time’s Up Now and Time’s Up Foundation), Felicia Davis (Chicago Foundation for Women), Linda Tortolero (Mujeres Latinas en Accion) and Emily Green (Ellevest). The panel will be discussing the intersection of race and class with gender; and how women’s participation in social justice movements has empowered women workers, especially women of color and immigrant women.
9to5 Opening Slides Video 2
Tim Russell 9to5 Opening Remarks
9to5: The Story of a Movement - Indie Lens Pop Up
Before the hit song or film, 9to5 was an inspiring demand for equality that encapsulated the spirit of both the women’s and labor movements of the 1970s.
9to5 The Story of a Movement: A WTTW Community Conversation
WTTW hosted a panel discussion on 9to5: The Story of a Movement, an Indie Lens Pop-Up film. Before the hit song or film, 9to5 was an inspiring movement for equality that encapsulated the spirit of both the women’s and labor movements of the 1970s. Sylvia Ewing was joined by Tina Tchen (Time’s Up Now and Time’s Up Foundation), Felicia Davis (Chicago Foundation for Women), Ai-jen Poo (National Domestic Workers Alliance), Linda Tortolero (Mujeres Latinas en Accion) and Emily Green (Ellevest). The panel discussed the intersection of race and class with gender; and how women’s participation in social justice movements has empowered women workers, especially women of color and immigrant women.
- Sylvia Ewing
Sylvia Ewing (Moderator), is a Director at the nonprofit organization Elevate Energy. Sylvia has worked on both sides of the microphone, helping nonprofits communicate effectively, implement strategic plans, manage change, and produce events and as an award-winning journalist. She was formerly an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago, teaching courses on Leadership and Management in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department. Sylvia has developed accessible affordable housing and worked for positive change in reproductive rights, and in public education. As a consultant she has produced videos, successful public and private events at venues around the city, and raised significant revenue for her clients and employers. Sylvia can be seen on WTTW and around the country as an on-air television host for PBS fundraising specials. Sylvia is an inductee in The History Makers African American archives for media and the author of Comfort and Joy: Stories of Hope Meditations for Happiness. Sylvia, along with her daughter Eve Ewing are the 2020 Illinois Humanities Public Humanities Award Recipients.
- Tina Tchen
Tina Tchen serves as president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now and the TIME’S UP Foundation, overseeing the organizations’ strategic plans to change culture, companies, and laws in order to make work safe, fair, and dignified for women of all kinds. In 2017, Tina co-founded the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund with Robbie Kaplan, Fatima Goss Graves, and Hilary Rosen; since then, the Fund has connected thousands of people to legal or PR support for sexual harassment across dozens of different industries. A former assistant to President Barack Obama, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Tina has worked to advance gender equality, particularly for working women. At the White House, Tina spearheaded the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and helped form the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Prior to taking the helm at TIME’S UP, Tina was a lawyer specializing in workplace culture, advising companies on gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity. She has served on numerous strategic advisory boards for organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, including the United State of Women, which she continues to co-chair.
- Felicia Davis
Felicia Davis is a self-described “girl from the South Side.” She is deeply committed to community through inclusive service to others. As President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women, she leads the Foundation's strategic efforts in investing in women and girls as catalysts, building stronger communities for all. Felicia is passionate about transforming lives and serves as an educator and mentor through a variety of networks, participating on numerous boards and committees, including as a member of Governor JB Pritzker’s Inauguration Committee, the Board of Regents for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, an appointee to the Illinois Senate Sexual Discrimination, Harassment Awareness and Prevention Task Force, the American Cancer Society, and iHeartMedia Chicago’s Local Advisory Board. She has been in public service for the majority of her career. As a member of the Chicago Police Department, Felicia served with distinction for a decade, as a police officer and then as a violent crimes detective. As Interim President of Olive-Harvey College, appointed by City Colleges of Chicago’s Chancellor Juan Salgado, Felicia led the College’s efforts in developing, maintaining, and evaluating academic programs and enhancing the student learning experience for optimum achievement. She served as the inaugural Executive Director of the Office of Public Engagement in Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s administration, where she led efforts to connect communities to resources. As Mayor Emmanuel’s First Deputy Chief of Staff, she implemented community-focused strategies to increase public safety across the City. Felicia exemplifies leadership in all she sets out to do. She is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a founding member of Chicago Foundation for Women’s South Side Giving Circle, where she has blazed a trail for supporting Black women and girls through philanthropy and collective giving.
- Ai-jen Poo
Ai-jen Poo is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a non-profit organization working to bring quality work, dignity and fairness to the growing numbers of workers who care and clean in our homes, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color. In 12 short years, with the help of more than 70 local affiliate organizations and chapters and over 200,000 members, the National Domestic Workers Alliance has passed Domestic Worker Bills of Rights in 9 states and the city of Seattle, and brought over 2 million home care workers under minimum wage protections. Ai-jen Poo is also a leading voice in the women’s movement. In 2019 along with Ceclie Richards and Alicia Garza, Ai-jen co-founded SuperMajority, a new home for women's activism, training and mobilizing a multiracial, intergenerational community who will fight for gender equity together. Ai-jen serves as a Senior Advisor to Care in Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group dedicated to fighting for a civic voice for millions of women of color, particularly domestic workers in the United States. Ai-jen served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored Partnership for Mobility from Poverty, currently serves as a trustee of the Ford Foundation and a member of the Democratic National Committee. She has a BA from Columbia University and honorary doctorates from Smith College, the New School, and the City University of New York.
- Linda Xóchitl Tortolero
Linda Xóchitl Tortolero is the President and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Accion. She is a highly regarded development and communications professional, having served most recently as the Director of Development at the Association House of Chicago. In her role, she was responsible of managing Association House’s daily operations for all fundraising and marketing activities. She built strategic relationships with stakeholders and created and executed the annual development plan in order to support the organization’s mission. Previously, Linda served as the Special Projects Director at the National Museum of Mexican Art and as the Development Manager at Mujeres. In addition to over a decade of fundraising experience, Linda brings a legal and policy background to her new role. In 2012, Linda was a Proteus Fund Diversity Fellow at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation—a one-year fellowship designed to provide individuals of color with a comprehensive understanding of the philanthropic sector. In 2017, Linda served as the 2017 Chair of Fundraising Committee of Healing to Action, which advances a worker-led movement to end gender violence in the workplace. Earlier this year, she was recognized by Negocios Now’s Latinos 40 Under 40. Linda has past curatorial experience as the co-curator of Rastros y Crónicas: Women of Juarez and Mexican Chicago: Huellas fotográficas. She coordinated Crescendo Cultural, the first-ever task force of national young Latino art leaders and served as the lead writer and editor for its position report Thoughts and Recommendations for the Future of Latino Arts in the U.S. Linda also has been a member of Latinos in Development, New England Latinos in Philanthropy and the Planning Committee of Breakin’ It Down focused on increasing awareness and expanding networks for development professionals of color. Under Linda’s leadership, Mujeres will continue to advocate for, and address the immediate needs facing Latinas and their families. Serving alongside the incredible staff at Mujeres, she hopes to contribute to the future successes and collective efforts to shine a light on critical issues that face Latina women and their families in the Chicagoland area. Linda has a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Political Science and History of Modern Latin America and a Juris Doctor from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She enjoys traveling, singing, watching soccer and documentaries, trying new restaurants, and listening to podcasts.
- Emily Green
Emily Green is the Head of Private Wealth and a financial advisor on the Ellevest Private Wealth Management team. Ellevest is a financial firm focused on closing the gender money gaps. She’s worked in the financial services industry for over ten years, most recently at J.P. Morgan, and has a degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She grew up in Chicago with two financially fierce women, her mother and grandmother. Tune into Emily’s video on “Why she works at Ellevest” to hear how her grandmother (who was legally blind) spent her days trading stocks. Emily is on the board of Plan International USA, an organization dedicated to creating an equal world for girls. She is also a Steering Committee member of Alvin Ailey’s Young Patron Circle. Emily currently spends her free time taking Ally Love’s classes on Peloton.
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