Bethany Bowman: I've been an automotive for 18 years, and I've never been around this many women who want to be around automotive and enjoy it and love it. It's an amazing event. My name is Bethany Bowman. I'm from Kansas City, Missouri, and I own Gear Jammers Automotive, and I am a Femcanic
Jayme: You're listening to Femcanic Garage the podcasts that features women in the automotive and motor sports industries, a community that elevates, empowers and evolves by smashing stereotypes and breaking down barriers for women. I'm your host, Jayme Blasiman. Buckle up for the ride Femcanics.
Jayme: Hello fellow Femcanics. Well, I attended the 2019 Woman and Machine event today in San Antonio, Texas. Today's podcast is all about the women who attended and ran this event. There are some moments in life where you know and you feel something special is happening. Today, this was one of those events for me. When you just know you're surrounded by greatness with women uplifting women and supporting women. You just know you're part of something special. How about we get to it?
Edith Huff: Hi, my name is Edith Huff and I am a high school auto shop teacher in Georgetown, Texas and I am a Femcanic.
Courtney Asher: My name's Courtney Asher. I have been doing this a little over a year I worked at Nissan, and I'm a Femcanic.
Diana Copeland: My name is Diana Copeland. I go to St Phillip's College and I'm studying to become an automotive technician, and I am a Femcanic.
Lena Ferguson: My name is Lena Ferguson. I live in New Orleans, Louisiana. I go to Delgado Community College for General Automotive Studies, and I am a Femcanic.
Julia Longoria: I'm 35 years old and I'm a Femcanic.
Stacey: My name is Stacey, I live in Marion, Texas. Right now I am restoring a 79 Chevy pickup, and I'm a Femcanic.
Izzy: I'm Izzy and I own a 1970 VW Camp Mobile. I'm from San Antonio, Texas, and I'm a Femcanic.
Juliana Longoria: I am 6 years old and I am a Femcanic.
Jayme: This event gave women the opportunity to learn to weld for the first time and not just talk about it and lecture. This is where women actually got in there and learned how to do their first welds. There were under the hood basics, changing a tire, and pinstriping. It was absolutely amazing. It wasn't the demonstrations that made this event so amazing. What made this event next level was the community. It was the amazing women that were there supporting each other, reaching out to each other, and allowing themselves to be vulnerable amongst each other. You know, it is interesting in these events that you go to them and you think that you'll get something back. However, what you end up getting so much more from the people around you. It's the support that made this so amazing. It was the Q and A at the end where the women had the opportunity to ask candid questions, and, I'll be honest, I wasn't sure what kind of questions would pop up in the Q and A at the end. Like I said, demonstrations and hands on were just amazing. What took this event to the next level with the Q and A at the end and the struggles that the women had, the support or lack of support and being able to find that support amongst each other. When I stepped back and listened to the women and the panelists respond to the women, I realized how much we really are the same.
I'm starting this podcast and it is about women in the automotive, the motorsports industry, or the die-hard hobbyists that want to be taken seriously. I'm no different than all of you when trying to figure this out and having the naysayers and the people challenge you and the “Oh, that's interesting,” The passive. I don't really support you where I think what you're doing is weird and why are you doing this? What I can tell each of you is that we are all in this together. You're not alone. My goal of this podcast is to give each and every one of you women something to listen to each week. It may be a pick me up or maybe it's just you knowing that hey, I'm not alone in this. There are other women out there that are going through the same thing that I am going through and they were able to get through it, and, you know what -- if they can do it, I can do it too. With those naysayers it is so hard, especially if it's a family member or someone that you love and care about greatly. They just don't support you and a matter of fact; they just blatantly tell you not to do it. Then there are just the hecklers and the people who just try to cut you down along the way.
Brene Brown does studies around vulnerability and it's absolutely fascinating work. If you haven't checked out her Ted Talk, I'm strongly recommending that you check out her Ted Talk. As a matter of fact, I am going to put a link in the description of this podcast so that you can watch it. It's absolutely amazing. What she talks about, and simply says is that “I don't have time for the people that are not in the arena.” What she means by that is that it is really easy for someone to sit on the outside that is not pursuing their own dreams and share their opinions about what you should or shouldn't be doing – whether you're doing well or you’re not doing well.
I want to share with you the Man in the Arena. It was written by Theodore Roosevelt and it's pretty powerful. Here we go.
“It is not the critic who counts. It is not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood who strive valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again because there is no effort without errs and shortcomings, but who does actually strive to do the deeds.
Who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and who spends himself in a worthy cause.
Who, at the best, knows that in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
This is reserved for us who are heavily involved in our commitment and our situation that requires us to be courageous, build our skills and tenacity, opposed to those powers that are sitting on the sidelines, watching us, critiquing us and telling us that we shouldn't do it. We are the women in the arena.
If you want me to listen to your constructive feedback and critiques, then you get in the arena with me and you put yourself out there with me, with that vulnerability to open yourself up or that feedback and criticism – and until you do that, I will not make time for you and I will not give you my energy.
I have made hundreds of mistakes and I have just started. I officially launched them at the end of February, not even two full months and I have made a ton of mistakes. My website isn't even completely up yet. I recorded my first podcast, I thought I was reporting Sierra Feehley and I wasn't. I had to redo it and I was already half way through the podcast – the actual interview, and Sierra was very gracious with me. I found out when I was recording I'm a Femcanic at the Women in Machine event that the first two recordings that I thought I was doing, I had it on the wrong mike so it actually wasn't reporting it. I mean the mistakes are absolutely endless and some are incredibly embarrassing, but you have to keep going. It's okay. I know I'm making progress because I am making mistakes and there's going to be people that think that what I do is not good in their opinion. The best thing I can do is do the things and share the things that move me, that come from my heart, that genuine place. What I can tell all of you women is that you are not alone. The biggest thing that I got loud and clear – the message that I heard at Women and Machine is women that just want to feel supported, who just want to know that someone believes in them and that they can do it, and I'm here to tell you that I see you, I hear you, and you can do it. We can do this together and we're not alone. Hang in there Femcanics. You got this. You can do this.
I want to send out a big thank you to Faye, Karen and Jasmine. You can find Faye at Pistons and Pixiedust. You can find Karen at Girls N Garage magazine and you can find Jasmine at Steelettos Garage. They are super cool and if you're not linked up with them on instagram, check them out. They are the co-founders of Woman and Machine, which is an amazing, non-profit. If you haven't attended a Woman and Machine event yet, there is one scheduled for Massachusetts in July of 2019. There's also one scheduled in Atlanta October 2019. Check out their website, womeninmachine.com
Jayme: Thanks for spending some time with me. Tonight I was in the driver's
seat. I really hope some of you take the time to shoot me an email, private
message me, instant message me. Whether you're on Facebook or Instagram, I
want to hear your story.
Again, thanks for listening to the Femcanic Garage podcast. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at Femcanic Garage. Check out our website at femcanicgarage.com for swag and the transcripts for each episode. If you want to help grow this community, do me a favor and subscribe, rate, review and most importantly, share this podcast and share the word. This is Jayme B signing off. Are you a Femcanic?