Truth be told, today McDonald’s opened its first all-women’s drive-thru in Gujarat, India near the famous Statue of Unity. This will be the popular fast-food restaurant’s 45th restaurant in Gujarat, with 28 local women hired to run the establishment, per The Economic Times. One of the franchise developers stated, “We believe that this initiative will enable us to strengthen our commitment towards diversity and inclusion as well as fostering communities, by bringing in more women from the region to the workforce,” per the publication.
This should come as no surprise since the beloved fast-food chain announced it was making franchise ownership easier and more accessible to other parts of the globe just last year. While The Wall Street Journal recently noted the chain’s upcoming and unwelcomed changes regarding their franchise policy, McDonald’s is at least keeping part of their initial deal in continuing to open restaurants where needed.
While we may not know what the future looks like for McDonald’s, right now they are making attempts to make employment available to the people and in this case, women who need it. While it may start with one franchise, it’s a step in the right direction for society as a whole.