Donations, tributes, and protests to celebrate women
Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” Many Americans are also participating in A Day Without A Woman, a worldwide protest in which “women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.”
Some Atlanta restaurants are taking part in the celebration and protest by closing early, making donations, and/or paying tribute to the women on their staffs. Below, see which local establishments are participating. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a lengthy list of restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and more, all owned by women.
Farm Burger is donating a portion of today’s profits from all locations to the James Beard Foundation Women in Culinary Leadership Foundation. This program “gives women with a background in hospitality or the culinary arts and at least two years of relevant work experience a chance to work with top industry leaders and build in-depth skills in the kitchen or in restaurant management and hospitality.”
Throughout the day, the ownership group behind West Egg Cafe, The General Muir, Fred’s Meat & Bread, Yalla, and, soon, The Canteen, is shining a spotlight on the women who make these restaurants go.
We know very well how valuable women are to our businesses. Our family of businesses -- @thegeneralmuir, @tgmbread, @fredsmeatbread, @yallaatl, @thecanteenatl, @westeggcafe, @oddbirdatl -- is 50% woman-owned, by @officegrrl and @shelley_sweet. Shelley began her restaurant career at West Egg in 2004. She joined the @concentricsrestaurants group in 2006, serving as a manager at @twourbanlicks, Assistant General Manager at @murphysatlanta and ultimately as General Manager of @tapat1180 from 2008 to 2010. She was the opening General Manager at @hughacheson's @essouth. Coming full circle, Shelley rejoined @westeggcafe in 2011 as General Manager, becoming a partner in 2014. Now she is a partner in several more restaurants, a member of @lesdamesatl, and 2014 @garestaurantassociation Restaurateur of the Year. We're proud of our success providing opportunities and professional advancement for women in our industry. Stay tuned to meet some more of our #WonderWomen. #beboldforchange #internationalwomensday
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Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand is encouraging fans to support women-owned businesses in Atlanta.
Tipple + Rose Tea Parlor + Apothecary is encouraging patrons to support women-owned businesses throughout Atlanta and to participate in A Day Without A Woman protests.
Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co. is giving women a 10 percent discount on its chai tea latte.