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Did you know that Dolly Parton’s song 9 to 5 was inspired by 9 to 5, a workplace feminist movement? In 1973, Ellen Cassedy founded the organization with the aim of bringing about fair pay and equal treatment for women in the workplace. 9 to 5 is so much more than a toe-tapping song!

So, for Women’s History Month, actor and singer Lea Kalisch put out this brand new Yiddish version, with lyrics by Ellen Cassedy herself.

LYRICS:
Verse 1
Aroys fun bet un arayn in kikh
A glezele khutspe gis ikh zikh
Shtrek zikh oys un gib a grus dem haynt
ikh shpring in bod, dem blut oyfrirn
Aroys in gas di trubes hern
Fun nayn biz finf mir zaynen ale fraynt

Chorus:
Arbetn nayn biz finf, ot azoy me makht a lebn
Tomid horeven, s’iz nor nemen, nit keyn gebn
Der bos, oy vey, nisht getsoygn, nisht gefloygn
Yidn, es vert mir fintster in di oygen

9 to 5, for service and devotion
You would think that I would deserve a fair promotion
Want to move ahead but the boss won’t seem to let me
I swear sometimes that man is out to get me

Verse 2
Kh’hob khaloymes, ikh vil vayter
Kletern hekher afn byuro layter
Troymen vos me roybt zey nit fun mir
In solidaritet mit brider shvester
Marshirn, krign, makhn es beser
Di velt iberkern, efenen oyf di tir

Lea Kalisch is a multi-genre multi-lingual singer, actor, dancer and producer. Some know her as the Eshet Chayil of Hip Hop.

Tobias Moss is a rabbi at Temple Israel in Minneapolis, a musician on YouTube and busking on the streets, and a creator of digital content as Rabbi T.

Danny Tolchiner is a guitarist in Minneapolis, and part of the band Planet Plookey.

Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, philanthropist, and businesswoman, known primarily for her decades-long career in country music.