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.

Episode Sources:

"First female Caterpillar field mechanic in Alaska" https://www.clarkcollegefoundation.org/captain/

"Women at the wheel" http://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/manufacturing/articles/women-in-automotive-the-woman-at-the-wheel-report.html

"Auto mechanic overview" http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/auto-mechanic

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"Women in the automotive industry" http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-automotive-industry

"Dealers recruiting women to train as auto mechanics" https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19430414&id=K05QAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NQ0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=1610,7375407&hl=en

"Lady auto mechanics" http://www.secondchancegarage.com/public4/lady-mechanics-1.cfm

"Wrenches in hand, Nigerian lady mechanics retool gender roles" http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2015/0622/Wrenches-in-hand-Nigerian-lady-mechanics-retool-gender-roles

"No man's job: Portraits of Senegal's female auto mechanics" http://petapixel.com/2014/09/26/mans-job-portraits-senegals-female-auto-mechanics/

"Only Girls -- A French all-female garage for women tired of getting ripped off" http://www.odditycentral.com/auto/only-girls-a-french-all-female-garage-for-women-tired-of-getting-ripped-off.html

"Philadelphia woman tired of lack of female auto mechanics becomes one" http://abcnews.go.com/Business/philadelphia-woman-tired-lack-female-auto-mechanics/story?id=31622244

"Why aren't there more female mechanics?" http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2015/0609/Why-aren-t-there-more-female-mechanics-video

"The auto-repair industry discriminates against women. So I quit my engineering job to become a mechanic" https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/06/05/the-auto-industry-discriminates-against-women-so-i-quit-my-engineering-job-to-become-a-mechanic/

"Women-powered auto shops take mansplaining out of mechanics" http://bust.com/feminism/10083-women-powered-auto-shops-take-mansplaining-out-of-mechanics.html

"Heart Wrenchers Auto Club takes women beyond the driver's seat" http://kalw.org/post/heart-wrenchers-auto-club-takes-women-beyond-driver-s-seat#stream/0

"Women Auto Know" http://www.womenautoknow.com/

"Women and cars: Knowledge is power" http://independentmotors.net/women-and-cars/

Academic Insights:

"Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age." Virginia Scharff. UNM Press. 1991. https://books.google.com/books?id=kn46oH0Kk-IC&dq=women+working+on+cars&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"The Automobile and American Life." John Heitman. McFarland. 2009. https://books.google.com/books?id=ITrXtuWLVMIC&dq=%22women+motor+mechanics+for+war-time+work%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Auto Mechanics: Technology and Expertise in Twentieth-Century America." Kevin L. Borg. JHU Press. 2010. https://books.google.com/books?id=7vvj3I3ReoIC&dq=wacs+auto+mechanic&source=gbs_navlinks_s

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