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SXSW Interactive 2016

A Woman’s Body in the Restaurant Kitchen

The relative lack of females cooking in and running noteworthy restaurants in the United States (and elsewhere) is a hot topic in the restaurant industry right now. It's been blamed on subtle sexism in hiring, it's been blamed on the media. But in this panel we will honestly and openly discuss how physical, biological realities inform female achievement levels. How can women advance and have children when restaurants don’t offer paid maternity leave or accommodate working mothers? What is it like to work in a space not designed for your body? And to what degree do women have to conform to male and masculine ideals to succeed in a restaurant?

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  1. What kind of parental leave and workplace flexibility can a woman who wants to have a family expect in the restaurant industry?
  2. What other physical challenges do women face in kitchen roles?
  3. How does femininity play a role? Are the most successful female chefs ones who "act like men"? Must they abandon their gender identity?



Amanda Kludt, Editor in Chief, Vox Media Inc

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  • Tags: feminism, food, restaurants
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Food and Experiential Dining
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced
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