Women's Work: Mechanics


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women comprise just 2.4 percent of auto mechanics and 1.8 percent of automotive service technicians. That automotive gender gap probably has something to do with the long-held stereotypes of cars as men's-only machines (we did an entire podcast on the history of that, in fact). But that doesn't mean all women don't know their way underneath the hood of a car, as evidenced by these vintage lady mechanics, which I refuse to call by the terrible nickname "grease girls" (which kind of just sounds like the Pink Ladies from "Grease" anyway).