Inspiration for a song can strike anywhere. Donna Summer was attending a party in a posh Beverly Hills restaurant when her muse was sparked. Going to the washroom, Summer observed an old lady attendant tucked away in the corner asleep. The irony immediately struck her; this exhausted elderly person surrounded by ritzy, rich women chattering away and applying makeup. Summer thought to herself "she works hard for her money." Hastily, she began writing down the title and her observations. Impressed by producer Michael Omartian's work on Christopher Cross' "Sailing," the singer had begun working with him and rushed over the next day to show him her song idea. After ten minutes, the duo had the song well on its way to becoming a potential hit. The driving "She Works Hard for Her Money" topped the R&B charts for three weeks and hit number three pop in summer 1983. The She Works Hard for Her Money LP went gold, peaking at number five R&B and number nine pop. During spring 2001, Donna Summer re-created "She Works Hard for Her Money" for a national ad campaign for retailer Value City.