In 2014, with the NFL bringing in $11 billion in revenue, Oakland Raiders cheerleader Lacy realizes her compensation would amount to less than minimum wage. After paying out of pocket for beauty, transportation and uniforms for the job, she struggles under mounting debt. Disgusted by the injustice, Lacy enlists an all-female employment law firm, LVBH, and sues the Raiders for wage theft in a class-action lawsuit. She inspires four other women to stand up across the country and file similar lawsuits, including Maria, a former cheerleader for the Buffalo Bills.

Maria, the second cheerleader, attends a court hearing regarding her class-action lawsuit in "A Woman's Work."

“A Woman’s Work” follows these two brave women who stand up against an all-powerful industry in order to change what they love for the better. In the process, they reveal a culture of toxic masculinity and the ingrained devaluation of women’s labor in society. They face public attacks from their former teammates, women who insist on upholding the status quo. As they juggle their legal battle with marriage and motherhood, Lacy and Maria arrive at a feminist awakening on the heels of the #MeToo movement. With its intersectional approach, “A Woman’s Work” weaves sharp cultural exposé with personal journeys of empowerment. Michigan premiere.

We’ll host a live Q&A with “A Woman’s Work” director Yu Gu at 3 p.m. Wed./Dec. 2. The conversation will be moderated by Detroit Free Press staff writer Georgea Kovanis.

The live event will be hosted on the Freep Film Festival Youtube channel and Detroit Free Press Facebook page. Access the conversation here.

After the conversation happens, it will be archived at the Freep Film Festival Youtube page and as a direct link with any purchase of a screening of the film. 



Year: 2019
Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Director: Yu Gu
Producer: Yu Gu, Elizabeth Ai
Co-producer: Jin Yoo Kim
Editor: Victoria Chalk
Cinematographers: Yu Gu, Tom Campbell, Nausheen Dadabhoy, Scott Drucker, Zac Manuel
Composer: Allyson Newman
Sound Design and Mix: Sung Rok Choi
Production Companies: Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program, ITVS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting