Friday Flick – Working Girl

What:  Working Girl working-girl-movie-poster

When:  1988

Who:  Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack and Alec Baldwin

What’s the story:  Working Girl was one of the first films of the 20th century which showcases the rise of women in the workforce. The film is centered around Tess McGill, a secretary who gained her undergraduate degree through night school classes and is aspiring to rise up the corporate ladder. When her boss, Katharine Parker, attempts to steal Tess’ brilliant idea for a merger and acquisition deal, Tess uses Katharine’s connections while she is away to put forward her original idea for a merger deal.

Where:  New York City

Why it’s amazing:  This movie is inspirational and incredibly timely when it was made, as it shows the shift in the corporate world, when women started to move out of secretarial roles and began moving into the executive suite. Even to watch it in the 21 st century is inspiring. Just look past the 1980s big hair and the shoulder pads in women’s blazers and you will see the light.

What is bad about it:  It may encourage stepping on others to get ahead… but again, the womanly grudge matches make the movie very comical.

Wonderful scene in the movie:  When Tess gets a chance to show Oren Trask how she came up with the idea for the merger and why she feels it would be effective. It is an empowering moment because she proves her intelligence and great skills when it comes to M&As, as well as being the true person behind the deal.

Fun Fact:  Michelle Preiffer, Geena Davis and Carrie Fisher were considered for the role of Tess. Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Debra Winger and Shelley Long were considered for the role of Katharine.


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