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Alanis King Alanis King Oct 09, 2019. 20 comments

'Not To Be Sexist, But': What It's Like Being A Woman Who Works In Automotive Journalism

'Not To Be Sexist, But': What It's Like Being A Woman Who Works In Automotive Journalism
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At Jalopnik, we often talk about how  women get treated  differently or are represented less in the car and motorsports industries—things that have long catered (and often still do ) to the man’s man. But in 2019, more and more women are involved in it than ever, to say nothing of how we’re half of all drivers and most of the new...

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Alanis King Alanis King Jun 25, 2019. 23 comments

Aston Martin Thinks It Knows 'What Women Want'

Aston Martin Thinks It Knows 'What Women Want'

Generalizations about women in the car world aren’t limited to the back corners of Reddit or the comment threads, often absent of any actual female voices, about how women are “naturally inclined” not to like cars while men are the opposite, or the usual annoying stereotypes and gender-based assumptions about knowledge levels in “male” industries. The generalizations often stretch far past...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Apr 25, 2019. 13 comments

Heidi Hetzer, Racer Who Circumnavigated the Globe in a 1930 Hudson at Age 74, Dies

Heidi Hetzer, Racer Who Circumnavigated the Globe in a 1930 Hudson at Age 74, Dies

When Heidi Hetzer hit her 70s, she decided she would do something different. She was going to drive around the world in her 1930 Hudson—and she was going to do it all by herself if she had to. Five years later, Hetzer has died at home in Berlin.

Hetzer was born in 1939 to a family deeply embedded in a motorcycle dealership—mainly Opels and Victorias, Hemmings reports. She was working for the...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jan 05, 2019. 10 comments

Lella Lombardi is the Only Woman to Ever Score Points in Formula One

Lella Lombardi is the Only Woman to Ever Score Points in Formula One

When Lella Lombardi climbed out of her Matra after the shortened 1975 Spanish Grand Prix, she didn’t believe she’d done anything unique. She had raced hard against some of the best drivers in the world, and she finished in sixth place. But history will remember that day differently—it was the only time in the history of Formula One that a woman has ever scored points in a championship...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 30, 2018. 8 comments

Britain's Most Accomplished Female Racer is The Name Behind Hillclimb's "Burt Strut"

Britain's Most Accomplished Female Racer is The Name Behind Hillclimb's "Burt Strut"

Patsy Burt didn’t like racing—not at first, anyway, when her racing driver father took her on frequent visits to Brooklands to watch him compete. At an age when parents aren’t cool, it was the equivalent of Burt being taken to work with him. But things changed.

It took years for Patsy to get behind the wheel. After WWII, she trained as a riding instructor and moved out to pursue a career on...

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Alanis King Alanis King Dec 22, 2018. 24 comments

The Best Emails the Women of Jalopnik Got in 2018

The Best Emails the Women of Jalopnik Got in 2018

The women of Jalopnik get a lot of emails during our blogging workdays, from strings of profanity directed toward us to marriage proposals—because, of course, not enough women like cars. It’s hard to find the good ones like us out there, so you have to jump on those proposal chances while you can.

This year was no different than any other, and the women who bring you the car content on this...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Dec 06, 2018. 24 comments

Nearly a Fifth of All Motorcycle Riders Are Now Women

Nearly a Fifth of All Motorcycle Riders Are Now Women

While riding a motorcycle might have once seemed like a very masculine activity, that’s definitely not the case today. More and more women are getting into motorcycles and female ridership has climbed within the last decade by significant numbers.

Women now represent 19 percent of all riders, the Motorcycle Industry Council found in a recent survey. This is compared to a mere one in 10 riders...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Sep 23, 2018.

Judy Stropus Talks Timing and Scoring in Racing's Golden Age 

Judy Stropus Talks Timing and Scoring in Racing's Golden Age 

For those of us in the 21st century, it’s hard to imagine racing without the technology it’s endowed with today. All we have to do is kick our feet up on the couch on a Sunday morning, and we’re showered with information: lap times of every car, the gap from the leader down to a millisecond, pit deltas, and tire strategies. We’re pretty damn spoiled.

Last month, I sat down with timing and...

Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Sep 15, 2018. 14 comments

Desiré Wilson Proved She Was the Most Successful Woman in Racing by Winning in a Formula One Car

Desiré Wilson Proved She Was the Most Successful Woman in Racing by Winning in a Formula One Car

At five years old, Desiré Wilson (née Randall) was behind the wheel of a go-kart at local South African tracks. She didn’t have big dreams about competing in Formula One, or of becoming a endurance racing star. Quite simply, Wilson loved the thrill of speed, finding the very limits of control, and coming home with another success to her name.

Wilson’s career is outlined in depth by her...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Aug 26, 2018. 17 comments

Denise McCluggage Changed the Face of Automotive Journalism By Actually Taking Part

Denise McCluggage Changed the Face of Automotive Journalism By Actually Taking Part

When Denise McCluggage was six years old, she spotted a beautiful Baby Austin 7 parked on the street of her hometown in El Dorado, Kansas. Infatuated by the small car’s beauty, she asked Santa Claus to bring her one for Christmas. Here was a woman destined for the wheel.

As per the New York Times, McCluggage got her first driver’s license at age 14 as the threat of World War II loomed large...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Aug 18, 2018. 1 comments

Anne-Cécile Itier and Her Bugatti Dominated the Early French Racing Scene

Anne-Cécile Itier and Her Bugatti Dominated the Early French Racing Scene

Jealous rivals called her a “moving chicane”. Circuits went out of their way to keep women away. But Anne-Cécile Itier was not one to be discouraged by a few men who thought they knew what was best for her.

See, French Itier had a pretty strange path to racing. She participated in her first race at the age of 31 in the wake of a harsh divorce with a bad husband. She’d tried her hand at...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Aug 17, 2018. 6 comments

Pat Moss Brought the Rally World to its Knees and Paved the Way for Women to Win

Pat Moss Brought the Rally World to its Knees and Paved the Way for Women to Win

When you come from a family with a name like Moss and you decide to get behind the wheel of a car, you better be good. If your dad drove at Indianapolis, your mom competed in rallies, and your brother is considered the best Formula One driver to never win a World Championship, though, it’s not like you really have any other choice. It’s a damn good thing Pat Moss had plenty of talent.

In a...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Aug 10, 2018. 8 comments

The "First Lady Of Firsts" Set Over 400 World Records In Stunt Planes, Race Cars, And Speed Boats

The "First Lady Of Firsts" Set Over 400 World Records In Stunt Planes, Race Cars, And Speed Boats

The first time Betty Skelton piloted an aircraft solo, it was the year 1938 and she was a mere 12 years old. Yeah, sure, it was technically illegal, but she’d been hopping in open seats of aircrafts in her spare time for as long as she could remember. She was probably more prepared to be a pilot at age 12 than most of us are to do, like, anything. Ever.

Betty grew up in Pensacola, Florida,...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Aug 08, 2018. 9 comments

The First Woman To Ever Race Was A Rothschild Who Called Herself 'Snail'

The First Woman To Ever Race Was A Rothschild Who Called Herself 'Snail'

The woman’s journey into the racing world was, ironically, a slow one. It took a slow trickle of hard-headed ladies eager to see what speed was all about in order to set the stage for women to come, testing out the waters one race at a time. And the first of those women was Hélène van Zuylen.

Hélène was born in 1863 to the iconic Rothschild family, meaning that she was able to enjoy all the...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Aug 05, 2018. 24 comments

If Half of U.S. Drivers are Women, Why Aren't Auto Manufacturers Doing a Better Job of Marketing to Them?

If Half of U.S. Drivers are Women, Why Aren't Auto Manufacturers Doing a Better Job of Marketing to Them?

Picture a car advertisement. Commercial, billboard, magazine ad—chances are, you’re bombarded with plenty of ‘em all day. Now imagine who’s driving the car. Maybe they’re speeding down the street in a crossover, sending skirts and newspapers flying. Maybe a super cool celebrity is cruising down a long desert road, the epitome of cool, or they’re speeding across an air strip detailing all the...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jul 25, 2018. 8 comments

Judy Stropus Mastered Timing and Scoring in Racing Before Computers Were Cool

Judy Stropus Mastered Timing and Scoring in Racing Before Computers Were Cool

If you watch pretty much any form of motorsport, chances are you’ve heard the name Penske. Roger Penske built his racing empire from the ground up in the mid-20th century, and the team has been successful at just about everything they’ve tried. But back in the day, before all the fancy technology came to the fore of racing, all Penske had was Judy Stropus.

Born in Lithuania, Stropus made her...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jul 01, 2018. 3 comments

One Of Britain's Most Accomplished Female Pilots Worked For The RAF And Raced Cars On The Side 

One Of Britain's Most Accomplished Female Pilots Worked For The RAF And Raced Cars On The Side 

Amy Johnson didn’t realize how dissatisfied she was with her job as a secretary at a law firm until she saw an airplane take off from her backyard. As the wheels left the ground and the impossible hunk of metal and engineering took flight, Johnson realized that there was more to the world than just the daily grind that her life had become. It’s easy to imagine her closing her eyes,...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jun 30, 2018. 1 comments

NASCAR's Ethel Mobley Proved That A Little Sibling Competition Goes A Long Way

NASCAR's Ethel Mobley Proved That A Little Sibling Competition Goes A Long Way

They say that all it takes to achieve something it so speak it into existence. Name it, and suddenly you can wrap your fingers around it; the mysterious it moves into the tangible realm. When Ethel Flock Mobley’s father named her after the gasoline he used in his taxi, then it really only makes sense that this Alabama baby would grow up aching to feel the control that only comes from...

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Alanis King Alanis King Jun 30, 2018. 16 comments

Former F1 Test Driver Susie Wolff Becomes Formula E Team Boss

Former F1 Test Driver Susie Wolff Becomes Formula E Team Boss

Former Formula One test driver Susie Wolff is now in charge of her own race team in one of the world’s major all-electric racing series, Formula E, and plenty of other women are taking charge in their own respective disciplines. Here are some of the great things women in motorsports are up to lately.

Other than a few big names, women in motorsports often don’t get as much widespread, regular...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jun 29, 2018. 10 comments

Donna Mae Mims Drove A Limo At The Last Cannonball Run And Was The First Woman To Win An SCCA Championship

Donna Mae Mims Drove A Limo At The Last Cannonball Run And Was The First Woman To Win An SCCA Championship

Pink is a controversial color in the racing world. It’s a girl’s color—and we all know girls don’t race, right? Pink liveries for men are apparently emasculating, and women who drive pink cars? Well, they’re just shoving their femininity in everyone’s faces and subscribing to a stereotype.

But Donna Mae Mims just simply preferred pink.

Mims, born in 1927, didn’t always dream of becoming a...

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