Dolly Parton opened up about the #MeToo Movement while discussing her Broadway musical “9 to 5.”
In an interview with Sky News, the legendary singer explained how her musical deals with some “great, important issues” that resonate with the movement.
Parton said, “I think there’s always gonna be a long way to go. It’s just a work in progress as life itself is. Especially for women in the workplace. I think that’s why we’re here now, with the #MeToo movement.”
“It kind of brought up the subject again of harassment in the workplace and brought up the fact that women are still not getting the chance to do as much as they can or paid, you know, equal for the work that they do. So there’s still all those issues. I really think when that came out in the 80s it really did do a lot of good. It really did shine the light on that.”
“You know, I didn’t really think about it like that at the time because I had grown up with men. “I have six brothers, my dad, my uncles — I was always close to all the men in my family. I’ve known a lot of great men. So I didn’t think about it that much.” Parton explained to the outlet.
“Of course, I’ve been hit on all my life as any young girl would be — but I always take it as a compliment. I never did anything to try and get ahead in the business. I never slept with anybody unless I wanted to.”
“I never found myself in any of those positions or I tried to stay out of those positions, and if I found myself in that, I was lucky I had a great personality and a great sense of humor that I could joke my way out of a lot of it — and then if I couldn’t, I have a temper and backbone so I could get out of it some other way,” the singer continued.
“I do think, though that people are more open. I’m hoping that we can get out there and do what we think we couldn’t do,” she said. “We can be a little more aggressive now that we’ve got a little bit more of an open path now. I’m proud to be a woman. I look like a woman, but I think like a man because I do know how men think. I don’t think of it in terms of male or female, I just think of is in terms of getting a job done.”
“I don’t try to tell other people what to do. People always say ‘what kind of advice do you give?’ I don’t give people advice,” she stated. “I have information if you want to know some facts and if you want to know sometimes how I dealt with something, but I do believe everybody has a right to be themselves. Everyone has their own path and their own road to walk, and everybody’s talent is different.”
“It’s not up to me to tell them not to do it. Who am I to tell anyone not to do anything. I look like the town tramp — and that’s how I pattern my look, after the town tramp. So who am I to tell somebody else how to dress or tell anyone what to do? I just live my femininity. People say “are you a feminist?’ I don’t know. I don’t know exactly what that means. I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a woman in business. I’m proud to do what I do. But I like to just live it. I like to be an example.”
Parton was asked if she could see a woman in the Oval Office one day. She responded, “I think there could be, but she needs to be smart. She needs to know what she’s doing. She don’t need to take it just to prove a point because she’s a woman. She needs to have the goods, she needs to have the knowledge, she needs to have the backbone to run a country. I don’t think we’re ever going to have a female president if we don’t really feel like she’s capable of saving the country or saving the world for that matter.”