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COA Summer Institute: No Smile, No Tip
July 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saru Jayaraman talks with The Washington Post’s Frances Stead Sellers about server wages and working conditions as part of College of the Atlantic’s 2021 Summer Institute: Good Food and Food Fights.
Dining out at a restaurant is a mix of nourishment, convenience and theater. But rarely do we think of those who make and serve our food, and what happens behind the swinging kitchen door. According to research shared by the Food Empowerment Project, “the restaurant industry is the single largest source of sexual harassment charges filed by women. Since they make up 66 percent of the tipped workforce in the industry, they also bear the brunt of the tipped minimum wage’s economic disadvantage. Servers are nearly three times more likely to live below the poverty line than the average worker. Black and brown women and female immigrants face even lower average wages.” What is the connection between tips and sexual harassment? Saru Jayaraman, who attended the Golden Globes in January 2018 with Amy Poehler as part of the #TimesUp action to address sexual harassment, speaks to The Washington Post’s Frances Stead Sellers about why some restaurant owners can pay their staff $2.13 an hour, and how that affects the women who work in the food service industry.
College of the Atlantic’s Summer Institute is a week-long ideas festival that welcomes leaders from around the world to share their expertise and thoughts on the most pressing issues of our time. This year’s theme is Good Food and Food Fights. During the week, we will explore all aspects of food — production, policy, climate change, food justice, hunger, organics, nutrition and the joy of eating and cooking.
All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please note that there is an option to join in person or virtually for every session.
Please email Wes Norton or call 801-5627 for more information.
- July 29
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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