A Cup Of Ambition And Endurance: '9 To 5' Unites Workers Across Decades

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This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at NPR.org/Anthem . This year at the Grammy Awards, backed by a chorus of contemporary Nashville stars, Dolly Parton brought the house down with a song older than most of the performers onstage. It's the same song Elizabeth Warren walked out to when she announced her presidential run in February. The story of that song begins decades ago, behind a desk. "It was the kind of job where you were just not seen." Karen Nussbaum has spent most of her career as a labor leader and organizer, but she started in the early 1970s as an office worker, in a job she says she does not remember fondly. "You were just part of the wallpaper," she...

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A Cup Of Ambition And Endurance: '9 To 5' Unites Workers Across Decades

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