If one piece of chocolate on the factory's assembly line gets past Lucy and Ethel, the women will be fired. "We're fighting a losing game!" Lucy cries as the conveyor belt speeds up. So they stuff candy into their mouths, hats, and shirts. Now that's called multitasking!
TV producer Mary lays down an ultimatum to her gruff boss: "Mr. Grant, I've come to a very important decision, and I think you should know that I'm not asking — I'm demanding a raise." She gets it.
Cotton-mill worker Norma Rae organizes a union walkout to protest working conditions — and she refuses to bow to management: "It's going to take you and the police department and the fire department and the National Guard to get me out of here."
She's constantly underestimated as a result of her saucy appearance, but buxom legal assistant Erin Brockovich makes it work. When her boss asks her how she expects to get the files her office needs to prove wrongdoing, she responds, "They're called boobs, Ed."
Upset when a male judge asks her to stick to a dress code, micro-mini-clad lawyer Ally McBeal won't alter her outfit: "Would he ever pull a man into chambers and tell him how to dress?" She spends a night in jail to maintain her principles — and hemline.
When secretary Tess learns that her bitchy Wall Street boss, Katharine, intends to pass Tess' work off as her own, Tess decides to impersonate Katharine (including borrowing her clothes) to land a big deal — and a handsome exec — on her own.
Violet, Doralee, and Judy have had it up to here with their demon boss, a misogynist who sexually harasses them. So they kidnap him (obviously!) and hold him hostage with a phone wire. During his absence, the company flourishes under the women's management.
Fashion magazine assistant Andy has an epiphany while in Paris with her boss, Miranda Priestly: She's through answering to the editor from hell! Andy tosses her cell into a fountain. Buh-bye!
Secretary Peggy Olson beats all odds: She becomes Sterling Cooper's first female copywriter. "I've got a way for you to turn this [Clearasil] account into a home run," Don Draper tells his team. "We have the perfect writer ... Peggy."
In today's lousy economy, unpaid internships are often the only option for young creatives. Not for Hannah: She ditches working for free to become a writer on her own. So what if she's got to be a barista to get by?