Pizzeria Paradiso Cuts Its Menu in Half for Day Without a Woman Protest

Owner Ruth Gresser said the limited menu symbolized the limits of a world without half of its population.




While offering a reduced menu for last week’s A Day Without a Woman, Pizza Paradiso owner Ruth Gresser donated half of her profits to two women’s groups.

 

Pizzeria Paradiso, located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., cut its menu in half to honor the Day Without a Woman protest last Wednesday. Pizzeria owner Ruth Gresser served only half of her ordinary menu—and half of the restaurant’s draft beer selections—to make the point that women are essential members of the American workforce who have yet to be treated as equal to men in the eyes of the law.

The restaurant donated 50% of the day’s profits to organizations that serve the interests of women, including My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter, and the National Organization for Women.

“By cutting our menu in half, we symbolically reinforce the impact of a day without approximately half of the world’s population,” Gresser said in a prepared statement. “I ask you, my customers and my community, to support me and equal rights for women with this symbolic restraint and limitation.”

Gresser continued: “As a girl coming of age in the 1970s, I remember the day in March 1972 when the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed the Congress. I also remember the disappointment when, 10 years later, it failed to be ratified by enough states to become law. This failure means that I, as a woman, do not have equal rights under the law in this country where ‘all men are created equal.’ Today, 45 years later, I am striking for those same equal rights.”

The protest brought media coverage for Pizzeria Paradiso in a number of local publications, including the Georgetown Patch and Washingtonian magazine. 

 

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