Welcome to the very first episode of Femcanic Garage. In this episode I will share the vision for the podcast and tell you more about me, your host Jayme Blasiman. You will hear about my journey from cleaning car parts at six years old to owning and restoring my first very own muscle car, a 1967 Pontiac GTO. Plus, I share what to expect each week on the show and give you a sneak peak at our first guest in the driver's seat.
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Although Rosie may seem like a cliché image when representing feminism and/or women empowerment, the history of her creation and the women she has represented, historically and presently, deserve recognition. In the 1940’s, during WWII, Rosie’s image was used in ads to recruit women into traditionally male-dominated jobs because American men had been recruited into the war and the jobs, they left behind were left vacated.
Her story of perseverance and determination as a rally race car driver throughout the 70’s and 80’s is truly inspiring. Against odds like doubt from her male counterparts, doubt over her driving skills, personal challenges, and car/sponsorship issues, she secured four WRC victories, hundreds of stage wins, record times at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and she’s served in various ambassadorial roles throughout racing.
As research shifts away from the assumption that women are at fault for their own low pay, it’s moving towards the reality that there are obstacles to equal pay that stand in the way of even the most talented and driven women.
And while that might not exactly be news for women in the workforce, it is an idea that stands to revolutionize the way women work and receive pay in the workforce. Oddly enough, one of the fields that has the greatest potential to capitalize off of female inclusive work environments is the automotive and skilled trades industry.