For more information on Women's History Month or women's history in general check out The National Women's History Project or This site is loaded with helpful links on women's organizations, networks, and anything and everything promoting women's historical accomplishments and contributions.

The National Women's History Project
7738 Bell Road
Windsor, CA 95492
(707) 838-6000

There are also numerous nonprofit organizations and foundations supporting, promoting, and organizing networks for women, and more specifically, female culinary professionals. The following is a list of the major ones and could be a good start for anyone looking to network with individuals who are already in the industry.

ACF - American Culinary Foundation
The American Culinary Foundation was founded in 1929. It is a professional, nonprofit organization representing more than 25,000 U.S. cooks and chefs. The ACF runs the only comprehensive certification program for chefs in the US.

American Culinary Federation
P.O. Box 3466
St. Augustine, FL 32085
904.825.4758 fx

IWF - American Institute of Wine and Food
The AIWF was founded in 1981 to advance the understanding, appreciation, and quality of what we eat and drink. The institute is a nonprofit educational organization with membership open to everyone.

1550 Bryant Street #700
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.255.2874 fx

AWFW - Arizona Women in Food and Wine
The AWFW was founded in 1987 to support and encourage women working in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. Membership is open to women who either live or work in the state of Arizona and who have an express interest in any segment of the food, beverage, or hospitality industries.

1921 W. Culver St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602.256.0353 fx

International Association of Culinary Professionals - IACP
The IACP was founded in 1978. It is a nonprofit professional society of individuals employed in, or providing services to, the culinary industry. The organization's mission is to be a resource and support system for food professionals, and to help its members achieve and sustain success at all levels of their careers through education and information.

304 Liberty St., Suite 201
Louisville, KY 40202
502.589.3602 fx

Les Dames d'Escoffier International
Les Dames d'Escoffier is an international organization of women in the culinary field. The purpose of the organization is to support and promote the understanding, appreciation, and knowledge of this profession in the tradition of Auguste Escoffier. Members include professional women in the field with at least five years experience as chefs, cooking school owners and teachers, food writers and editors, caterers, hotel executives, purveyors, administrators, and public relations specialists.

Les Dames d'Escoffier
P.O. Box 2103
Reston, VA 20195

Wider Opportunities for Women - WOW
Founded in 1964, WOW was organized to expand employment opportunities for women through information, employment training, technical assistance, and advocacy. WOW sponsors Women's Workforce Network, a national network of 500 women's employment programs and advocates.

1325 G St. NW, Lower Level
Washington, DC 20005
202.638.4885 fx

Roundtable for Women in Foodservice
RWF RWF is a national nonprofit organization of foodservice professionals devoted to providing educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities to enhance the development and enhancement of women's careers.

RWF, Inc.
National Headquarters
1372 La Colina Drive, Suite B
Tustin, CA 92780
714.838.2750 fx

Women Chefs and Restaurateurs
WCR WCR was founded in 1993 to promote the education and advancement of women in the restaurant industry and the betterment of the industry as a whole. Members are dedicated to providing opportunities, encouragement, and support for women of all backgrounds who wish to enter or advance in the restaurant industry.

110 Sutter St., Suite 305
San Francisco, CA 94104
415.362.7335 fx

REFERENCES There are few educational and entertaining books on women in the food industry. We recommend the following titles as a start:

Cooper, Ann. "A Woman's Place Is in the Kitchen" The Evolution of Women Chefs. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1998.

Davis, Dawn. If You Can Stand the Heat.
Penguin Books, 1999.

Stillman, Julie. A Celebration of Women Chefs.
Turner Publishing, 1996.