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A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Thoughtful docu puts labor dispute in historical context.

Movie NR 2019 80 minutes
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This is an interesting documentary that provides a lot of food for thought about a profession that most people probably don't give much thought to, and don't see as having much value, either. A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleading Problem goes beyond showing the hard work and dedication it takes to be a professional cheerleader by exploring the differences and similarities of two in particular. It also provides some historical context for how women and the work they do have been valued (or not) by society.

The documentary comes down fully in favor of the cheerleaders, and takes the NFL and team ownership to task for their poor attitudes toward and treatment of the women who work so hard for their billion-dollar industry. But it does present the other sides' arguments, and viewers will hear from people with a wide range of opinions about the issues raised. Whether you're an NFL fan or not, or a feminist or not, there's plenty of material here to spark interesting discussions about sports, teamwork, what society finds valuable, and getting a fair wage for your work.

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