Lady Mechanics

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Auto mechanics is a decidedly male-dominated field, with women comprising less than 2 percent of the profession. Cristen and Caroline get under the hood of the history of women and automobile upkeep and look at why a growing number of ladies are opening garages on their own.

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"Women at the wheel"

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Academic Insights:

"Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age." Virginia Scharff. UNM Press. 1991.

"The Automobile and American Life." John Heitman. McFarland. 2009.

"Auto Mechanics: Technology and Expertise in Twentieth-Century America." Kevin L. Borg. JHU Press. 2010.

Topics in this Podcast: women in the workplace, history, cars, wwii, mechanics