California McDonald’s flips iconic ‘M’ into ‘W’ for International Women’s Day

People grabbing a bite at a McDonald’s in California did not see the iconic golden arches forming an “M” on Thursday morning.

Instead, they were greeted by arches that were upside down into a “W” in honor of International Women’s Day.

In a blog post, the chain said the arches were flipped at a Lynwood, California location to recognize the contributions of women.

“From employees and franchisees, to suppliers and community partners, to our customers, we are inspired by your strength and leadership,” the post read. “In the U.S., we’re proud to share that 6 out of 10 restaurant managers are women. They run the McDonald’s business each and every day.”

People praised the move online.

The blog post focused primarily on Patricia Williams, who owns the store where the “W” arches were placed. She opened her first McDonald’s store 30 years ago and now owns 18 locations and employs about 700 crew members.

Her two daughters help her run the businesses, including the first McDonald’s to open in Compton.

One of those daughters, Kerri Harper-Howie, left a law career to join her mother and sister in the fast-food industry.

The blog post highlighted other women who have had an impact on the chain, including Loraine Maurer. The 94-year-old Evansville, Indiana resident has been working at the same location for 44 years.