Fifth of women ‘left out’ because of gender in a pub

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Gender imbalance: many of the 2,000 female survey respondents feel pubs are male-orientated
Gender imbalance: many of the 2,000 female survey respondents feel pubs are male-orientated

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One in five (19%) women are most likely to say they have felt left out in a pub because of their gender, a new study has found.

The research from 888Poker, which included 2,000 UK-based women, said 45% of women get frustrated in places considered to be for men, rather than for everyone, and two fifths (40%) agreed they were less inclined to visit male-dominated places due to fear of feeling left out.

It also discovered a third (34%) of females feel the pub is male-orientated in a negative way.

Just over half (55%) of respondents said sexist behaviour was the most intimidating conduct in male-dominated environments, followed by verbal aggression (51%) and loud behaviour (42%).

Intimidating behaviour

Some 37% said men showing off was the next most unwanted characteristic displayed, 29% said male banter, with 4% citing ‘other behaviours’. Meanwhile, 16% claimed they didn’t feel any type of behaviour was intimidating in a male-dominated environment.

Meanwhile, when it comes to women working in pubs, The Morning Advertiser ​held an event in honour of International Women’s Day in March last year.

Women from across the hospitality industry joined forces at Tredwell’s Restaurant in Covent Garden, central London, to thrash out the issues of being a woman in the trade and what can be done to solve them.

Hosted by marketing agency boss Ann Elliott, the round-table discussion, in association with Knorr, highlighted the experiences the women in the room have encountered in their career and what needed to change within the industry to ensure women are encouraged to get into the hospitality trade in the first place – and what can be done to make it a welcoming and approachable place for all to work.

Male-orientated industry

Stosie Madi, chef-patron and co-owner of the Parkers Arms in Newton-in-Bowland, Lancashire, called for more female role models that younger women can emulate early on in their careers.

Madi explained how being female in a male-orientated industry hasn’t had much of a negative impact on her career.

She said: “Being a woman has never hindered me. It has got to be equal for everyone. Women do not want to be in a kitchen for 90 hours a week. As a woman, you can multi-task. That has been the biggest advantage of being a woman.”

Sally Abé, head chef of the Harwood Arms in Fulham, west London, agreed with Madi’s comments on women making better chefs than their male counterparts due to their organisation and logical skills.

However, round-table host Elliott looked outside the kitchen and into the board level of businesses. She emphasised the importance of having women on an executive board.

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