Midlander Maggie Nestrick knew just what to do when an old-school auto salesman talked down to her once while she shopped for a car. "I walked out, didn't give them my business," she said.
Jody DeVere, president of a website called AskPatty.com and the Women's Automotive Association International, has made it her business to see to it this kind of situation happens less frequently than it once did. She wants to encourage women to work in the auto industry and to do their research when it comes time for them to buy vehicles.
A woman serves as general chairperson of this weekend's Northwood University International Auto Show, and two others are vice chairperson and promotions chairperson. Having women in these three top spots is an example of a change that's on its way.
"It begins in junior high and high school," DeVere said in an interview Friday after taking part in an auto show panel discussion.