By Rebecca Otis, Suzie Kazar, Carter Thompson
A shift in kitchen culture
By Suzie Kazar
Day after day as a line cook, Molly Maciejewski’s co-worker posed the same question to her.
“He asked me every day when I was getting married and when I was going to stop working in restaurants so I could take care of my husband and kids,” said Maciejewski, now the executive chef and general manager of Madison Sourdough.
When she explained that she loved cooking and wanted to continue doing it professionally, her co-worker had trouble understanding.
Women in the workforce
By Suzie Kazar
Sources: The American Association of University Women, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Business Insider, National Women’s History Project, U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Great Divide: Racial disparities on the UW-Madison campus and throughout Wisconsin
By Rebecca Otis
Scrolling through Facebook and other social media platforms is a common activity between classes for University of Wisconsin-Madison students campus, but in early 2016 they came across some images they weren’t expecting.
At the top of Bascom Hill, student after student holding whiteboards began to emerge, each with a different but resounding message about the UW campus. The white boards said things such as, “You’re from South Side Chicago, right? I’m surprised you talk really well,” and “It’s because you’re Asian.” Each of these messages was also followed by #TheRealUW.
Wisconsin’s ‘Brain Drain’
By Carter Thomson
The divide between rural and urban job opportunities has become more prevalent in recent years and has been a major discussion in many political debates. The term “brain drain” is being used to describe both companies and skilled labor moving from rural to urban populations.
Urban America has often been viewed as wealthier, more educated and younger, while rural areas have been seen as poverty-stricken, older and having a more blue collared work ethic. These stereotypes can lead companies to certain perceptions and can influence their decision-making to either start a business or grow an existing one. In Wisconsin, it has generally led to new jobs being grown in urban populations instead of rural areas.