Over 600 Women Promote Menu by Restaurant Industry


nraOver 600 Women Promote Menu of Opportunity Provided by Restaurant Industry in Open Letter to Policymakers

The National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney unveiled an open letter to policymakers signed by more than 600 women stakeholders hailing the value of restaurant jobs and careers.

Restaurants, like no other industry, offer essential opportunities to women such as flexible hours, valuable skills and a career path without limitations. The letter, signed by women from around the country at all levels within the industry, and those who got their start in the industry, also tells the story of how women contribute to the economic recovery and growth of economies small and large.

The restaurant industry encourages diversity and is a place where women advance to management and leadership roles in large numbers. In their letter to policymakers, individuals across the industry and beyond highlight the important ways restaurants are working for women. Letter highlights include the following:

  • 61% of women have worked in the restaurant industry.
  • 37% of women say the first job they ever held was in a restaurant, providing a first start and career advancement for millions of people.
  • 45% of restaurant managers are women compared to an average of 38% in other industries.
  • More than half of U.S. restaurants are owned or co-owned by women.
  • Women-owned businesses are growing at a faster rate than the overall restaurant industry.
  • 92% of women who have worked in a restaurant say the industry is a good place to get a first job and learn valuable skills.