A woman’s place is in the kitchen? Too right!

Protesters at an early Women’s Day march

Since its inception, International Women’s Day has always been associated with work. The first recognised celebration of a ‘Women’s Day’ took place in New York on 28 February 1909, organised by the Socialist Party of America. Two years later, more than a million people took to the streets across Europe in the first truly international celebration of women’s rights. Their demands? Not just the right to vote and hold public office, but for women’s rights to work, to vocational training and to equality within the workplace.

Fast forward over 100 years and the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day - #balanceforbetter – has the same message at its core. IWD’s vision of a gender balanced world sees all genders equally represented in every aspect of our work and lives: in boardrooms, in governments, in the media, in sports coverage… the list goes on.

As a female led and female dominated company, it’s easy to forget the stats and simply enjoy the company of the talented women who make up the Peardrop team. We don’t realise we’re in the minority, with women making up only 19% of business owners. A report published by the Centre for Entrepreneurs in 2015 stated the situation plainly:

If women started businesses at the same rates as men, there’d be one million more entrepreneurs in the UK
— Shattering Stereotypes: Women in Entrepreneurship Report, April 2015

If you needed more encouragement, how about this: whilst women remain underrepresented in entrepreneurship (no surprises there really), their research actually suggested a reverse pay gap amongst female and male business owners. With the gender pay gap in the UK standing at 17.9% in 2018, there’s something pretty amazing about female entrepreneurs reportedly taking home double the salaries of their male counterparts. That’s regardless of typically being younger, owning newer companies, and a tendency to (wrongly) describe their business as underperforming. Let’s hear it for the girls!

Much attention has rightly been drawn to the fact that despite women taking on the lion’s share of food purchasing and preparation in the home, we are a much rarer feature of commercial kitchens and food businesses. For example, women make up less than 20% of chefs in UK.

But this isn’t cause for despair! Peardrop knows plenty of amazing women making waves in the food industry. A woman’s place is in the kitchen: a commercial one. Check our next post to find out a few of our favourites!

Sophia Loren: “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”

Sophia Loren: “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”

Jenny DellComment