Promoting Women Part II

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By Catherine Austin Fitts

In the 1970’s I had the honor of being promoted from the only female bartender to bar manager at a lovely French restaurant near the University of Pennsylvania campus, La Terrasse. The entire bartending staff announced a strike, saying they would not work for a woman. The very prescient owner, Elliot Cooke, explained when approached by the strike leaders, that he was not the bar manager, that they should see me as I was the bar manager.

So my first act was to meet with the striking bartenders. I asked them what their objection was to me being the bar manager. They said that I was going to “feminize” the bar. I would require they put out candles, play romantic music and would put a woman on each two-person team on the important shifts.

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