This song both topped the Country and Billboard charts in 1980. It was the theme for the same-named 1980 movie, which also starred Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin with Dolly. Dolly gets up too early, scrambles to the office, puts in her hours at a job not so rewarding, would like to be better paid, and then does it all again the next day. She is an empowered woman, and independent, but feminists might also refer to the concept of a “glass ceiling.”
A “glass ceiling” is a metaphor attempting to describe an invisible obstacle to women (or minorities) from achieving greater success in the workforce, even when they are qualified. Women can see where promotions and career advancements may take them but can’t get there.
Meanwhile back in 1980, Sheen Easton spent her days waiting for her man to return home: Morning Train (9 To 5)