Directed by: Anne Lewis
Running Time: 28:00
Digitally Remastered (2008)
Fast Food Women takes an inside look at the lives of the women who fry chicken, make pizzas, and flip burgers at four different fast food restaurants in eastern Kentucky. These women, mostly middle-aged and raising children, are often the sole income source for their families. They work for wages barely above the minimum wage, have trouble getting full-time hours because of their employers scheduling policies, and are without health care and other benefits.
Analysis by Barbara Garson (author of The Electronic Sweatshop) of the way fast food jobs systematically dehumanize and devalue the worker is intercut with comments from human resources managers at the Druthers chain. Scenes of women at work round out this incisive, sometimes troubling look at life on the other side of the counter.
“Fast Food Women acts like a warning notice: fast food work is hazardous to the pocketbook and the soul.” –Pat Aufderheide, In These Times
“A provocative and eye-opening work… It drew my students into an intense and lengthy discussion about issues of equity and employment.” –Andrew W. McThenia Jr., Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University
“The reality of daily family life for thousands of Americans is portrayed as these working women tell their stories–and hearing these stories is effective and can change lives.” –Carol Moore, Director, Gender Equity Program, Mountain Empire Community College
“A penetrating look at social and economic conditions and the changing roles of women in the workplace.” –Bernard Timberg, Department of Communication, Radford University