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Why aren't there any women making the pizzas in pizzerias?


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Why aren't there any women making the pizzas in pizzerias?

racer x | Oct 18, 2009 11:05 AM

As we watched the pizzaiolo tossing dough in the open kitchen at a local pizzeria last night, it occurred to me that even with eating hundreds if not thousands of pizzas over the years, from pizzerias and other restaurants in many US cities and in a number of other countries, I have never seen a woman making the pizzas in a restaurant. I wondered why there are so few women who have this job (I'm sure there must be some somewhere, and surely some chowhounds have seen them or may even be them, but I have never seen even a single one myself).

I've seen women on tv cooking shows make pizza, so I know it isn't from lack of some pizza-making gene. (Just joking!!)

Is it that women simply aren't interested in the job?
Or that the number of men who ARE interested is so much greater that the women applicants don't stand a chance at being hired or trained for the job?
Or is it simply bias on the part of the restaurant owners/managers?

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