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Women In the Food Business: Ways To Get Ahead

If you’re a woman in the food business, and especially if you are in any managerial role, then you know that the struggle is real so far as trying to get ahead. Really, women in any business are suffering this same sort of setback, but if you at least start to specify which industry you’re in, you can begin to take the steps that will move you forward in that particular niche.

A few of the  ways that you can stand out in the food business world as a woman include being better with waste management, being better with equality of pay, respecting motherhood issues, making sure that you understand it’s an uphill battle, and embracing your personal branding.

Be Better With Waste

If you think about the archetypes of men and women, women are going to be the ones who pay more attention to things like waste management. Women are the nurturers and the safety nets, while men forge ahead regardless of what kind of damage they cause. Considering this mentality, if you choose to handle food waste recycling in a way that promotes environmental sustainability, you can get a definite advantage that way.

Be Better With Equality of Pay

Especially with government in its current state, dealing with women’s inequality of pay is a huge deal. If you own a restaurant, or a grocery store, or have something to do with farming, as a woman  you can make absolutely sure that everyone, regardless of gender gets the same pay, the same benefits, and is treated the same across the board. This sort of business baseline will show you to be the visionary that you are.

Respect Motherhood Issues

Many people in today’s business world don’t respect motherhood issues either. If you do end up being a woman in a position of power, you should make sure that you at least observe and analyze the fact that motherhood plays a special role in business fabric, and those ideas should be incorporated into the business world.

Realize It’s an Uphill Battle

For better or worse, being a woman in the food business is an uphill battle. You will have to fight stereotypes, subtle bigotry, holdovers from old sexist business practices, and numerous other types of problems that are inherent in the industry. The only way to really get ahead is to put yourself above all that and do what’s best for your employees and your clients.

Embrace Your Personal Branding

Ultimately, as a woman you want to embrace your personal branding. If what you want to highlight is the fact of who you are, where you’ve come from, and what you can do, you have to make sure to incorporate all of that into an iconic version of yourself that sells just as well as your company does.


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