It’s hard to believe we’re still breaking down gender barriers in 2019, but it’s true. Here are some recent trailblazers you should know.

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Nina Compton
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Nina Compton

Chef-owner of Compère Lapin in New Orleans

First African American woman to win the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South

Philippa guy
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Philippa Guy

Senior bartender at the American Bar in London

First female senior bartender at the Savoy Hotel bar in London in a century

Marianne Barnes
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Marianna Eaves

Master distiller at Castle & Key Distillery in Millville, Kentucky 

First female master distiller of bourbon in Kentucky

Sabine Nakamara
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Sabine Delettre Nakamura

Bartender at the Royal Bar in Tokyo 

First female bartender at the Royal Bar at the famous Palace Hotel Tokyo

Ashley Eddie
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Ashley Eddie

Chef at Santina in New York City 

First female executive chef to helm a restaurant with the Major Food Group hospitality company

Dominique Crenn
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Domonique Crenn

Chef-owner of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco 

First female chef to earn three Michelin stars in the United States

Maggie Timoney
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Maggie Timoney

CEO of Heineken USA 

First female CEO of a major beer company in the United States

Beth Ford
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Beth Ford

CEO of Land O’Lakes 

First openly gay woman known to lead a company on the Fortune 500 list

Clare smith
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Clare Smyth

Chef-owner of Core in London 

First female chef to run and retain a restaurant with three Michelin stars in the United Kingdom

Mashama Bailey
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Mashama Bailey

Chef at the Grey in Savannah 

First African American chef showcased on the Netflix hit series Chef's Table