Friday, May 4, 2018
Shattering the Martini Glass Ceiling-- Part 1: Rise of Women Barmaids in World War II
From the October 16, 2016, Chicago Tribune "Raise a glass to barmaids of WW II era" Chicago Flashback by Lara Weber.
"Call it the shattering of the martini glass ceiling -- that moment when bar and tavern owners decided that a woman could pour a pint or mix a Manhattan as well as a man."
And, it took a war to get women there.
For much of U.S. history laws and local customs prevented women from working as bartenders. But when the U.S. entered World War II and thousands of men shipped overseas for military service, women went to work in the bars.