Cup of Ambition

Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in 9 to 5 movie
What started with a conversation and a united group of women inspired music, a movie and a movement. In the 1970s, when a few women began to share their work experiences with one another and their feelings of invisibility and disposability, they found an opportunity to come together for change. 
Dolly Parton in 9 to 5
Karen Nussbaum described to NPR how she and other women created an organization called 9to5. In era when men dominated the workplace and women were often limited to the role of secretary, such a step forward took courage. The group inspired the now classic movie “9 to 5” and the ubiquitous theme song by Dolly Parton. 
Jane Fonda in 9 to 5 movie
The song became an anthem for working women in a way that still holds power almost 50 years later. Though advances have been made by women in the corporate world, progress is still needed. Lyrics such as "They just use your mind and they never give you credit" and "They let you dream just to watch 'em shatter/You're just a step on the boss man's ladder" are still true for many women.

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The Lift to New Heights

Melinda Gates Moment of Lift Book
“How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings--and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.” 

In Melinda Gates’ book, “The Moment of Lift,” she shares her journeys across the world.  Stories that are eyeopening, heartbreaking and uplifting come to life on the pages. What started as a mission to save children’s lives through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, evolved over the years to encompass helping and empowering women. Through years of study, travel and dialogue, Melinda underscores the fact that “primary causes of poverty and illness are the cultural, financial, and legal restrictions that block what women can do--and think they can do--for themselves and for their children.” 

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