Of all the industries suffering from pervasive gender inequality, sexual harassment and a gender gap, the restaurant industry is among the most notorious. Hopefully this has you, as a person who loves to eat, asking: How can I help? Well, online delivery site Grubhub just made it really easy for you support women from the comfort of your own sweatpants by launching an interactive map called RestaurantHER.
In order to find women-led restaurants, users simply have to lay on their couch, open their web browser, visit the map, and type in their zip code. The map will populate with a list of restaurants owned (at least in part) by a woman or run by a female executive chef.
“We believe Grubhub has a duty to support women-run restaurants and promote more diversity, in the industry and on our platform, which will begin with RestaurantHER,” Matt Maloney, chief executive officer of Grubhub, said in a statement.
To create the map, Grubhub teamed up with Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, a group that provides resources for women in the food and beverage industry. A few staggering statistics Grubhub presents: Only 19% of chefs are women; only 7% of restaurant owners are women; and women earn 28% less in base pay than male counterparts.
With this attempt to raise awareness and promote women-led restaurants, the site best known for helping lazy millennials find something to eat while they Netflix and chill is now helping lazy millennials eat, Netflix and chill for a cause.
The map isn’t perfect – it doesn’t allow users to filter for specific kinds of food like a normal search on the site does – but it’s a good place to discover female-run restaurants in your neighborhood if you don’t know exactly what you want to eat.
In addition to the map, until the end of March – Women’s History Month – the company will also be sharing stories about female chefs and will donate $1 for every person who pledges at RestaurantHER.com (up to $1 million).
The amazing thing about this initiative is that it empowers eaters to keep spending money at the restaurants they discover even after it ends. So get into those sweatpants, turn on Netflix, and smugly dig into that box of chow mien knowing you did your small part to support women in professional kitchens.