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Perspective: Changing Attitudes of Women Working in the Auto Biz

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 30th, 2008 2:09am

Men and women often have preconceived notions of what is women's work. Women breaking into the automotive industry, a traditionally male-dominated field, may face many challenges. This Newsweek article covers some of the darker aspects of challenges women faced while working in the automotive industry, "More Than A Tune-Up, Tough Going In A Fight Against Sexual Harassment". My whole life has been kind of ...


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Our Women's Perspectives: Fighting Sexual Harassment and Changing Sexual Stereotypes in the Automotive World

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 28th, 2008 12:15pm

AskPatty's President and CEO Jody DeVere recently sent me a link to an article she had found at Newsweek magazine. Titled "More Than A Tune-Up," the 1997 article described occurrences of sexual harassment at a Mitsubishi plant which helped launch detailed training programs and management reforms that ultimately made this company's policies on sexual harassment far more stringent than those of most Fortune ...


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Gas Prices So High, Older Pumps Must Sell by Half-Gallons

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 27th, 2008 3:25pm

As the price of gas approached $4 a gallon last month, thousands of station owners across the nation were faced with another problem besides just the high price. According to an article in the New York Times, many stations, most of them independently owned, have older pumps that are unable to go above $3.99 per gallon. The solution? According to the article, one station owner in Queens had to price his gas by the ...


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BMW's 'Shameful' Greek Used Car Ad

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 24th, 2008 5:04am

Everybody on the women's blogging network is talking about the BMW ad pictured at the left. And all of them are offended by it. Our friend Yvonne DeVita at Lipsticking.com is fuming, saying "This ad isn't just visually disturbing. The text is also poorly thought-out. It's for USED cars...and it says, "You know you're not the first." Clearly a sexual connotation meant to depict the young ...


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Catching up with Sarah Fisher

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 15th, 2008 8:10am

When Sarah Fisher became the youngest woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 at the age of 19 in 2000, it seemed like nothing could stop the Ohio native. In combination with being just the third woman to compete in the Indy 500, she also became the first lady to stand on the podium at an IRL event; finishing third at Kentucky Speedway in 2001 and second at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2002, she made another ...


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Hillary Will proves 'yes she can' at O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 14th, 2008 2:05pm

Hillary Will proved "yes she can" at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in June, the ninth event of the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, in Topeka, Kans. Will won with a final round victory over Larry Dixon. "There's so many emotions because there were times where I thought, 'I can't do this. Maybe I shouldn't be racing. Maybe I don't belong in this fuel car,"' ...


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Shannon McIntosh is no ordinary girl

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 10th, 2008 2:56pm

Don’t mistake Shannon McIntosh for just another girl. While some girls were busy shopping for shoes and worrying about the color of their lipgloss – Shannon was worried about where she was going to race on Wednesday nights. "I took her to a race when she was about 4 years old, and she loved it," said her father, Tim McIntosh. "So I bought her a quarter-midget when she was 5, and we ...


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Woman Calls Police To Free Herself From Her Locked Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 9th, 2008 2:48pm

Okay, maybe this is just too silly to be true, but a friend sent me this link today to tell me about a woman in Orem, Utah, whose car battery died, locking her inside her own car. Apparently, when police arrived, they found the woman sitting inside her car, unable to get herself out. "She couldn't hear the officers' instructions through the rolled-up windows," reports the article, "so she ...


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Gillian Zucker of Auto Club Speedway Steps Up in Support of Women

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 9th, 2008 2:46pm

Gillan Zucker President of California Speedway is a big supporter of the Step Up Women's Network and invited me to attend their annual Step Up Inspiration Awards and 10 year anniversary, where I was greeted by a red carpet and a bank of paparazzi at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel ;--), LOL, and the lunch included a runway fashion show. Gillian is an amazing and fascinating women with a diverse background. She ...


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AskPatty at the Wall Street Journal: Selling a Car? Speak to the Missus

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 8th, 2008 10:04pm

A sign of things to come? (Photo: Associated Press) For many women, the thought of buying or fixing a car comes with the anticipation of an inevitable rip-off. But the automotive industry is changing, thanks in part to a handful of women working on the inside. Car dealerships can now choose to be "certified female friendly." The designation is given to dealers who complete a training ...


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