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The Auto Industry's Play for the Female Driver

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When I began writing about the auto industry over a decade ago, I was ambivalent about cars. Though I lived in Detroit, the ultimate car town, I was married to an abusive man who had hidden my keys for several years. I worked as an arts reporter, but the shrinking Detroit newspaper economy meant that opportunities were slim. All the major car magazines, however, had a substantial presence in the local area—and I needed a job.

I applied for a paid internship at AutoWeek Magazine . After a few weeks of moving cars for the editors, I was hooked. The thrill of driving shiny, brand-new sports cars was empowering; it added a dizzying spring to my step. Then I left the violent husband, moved to New York, and began to cover cars as one of my main beats. In less than one year, I went from being intimidated to brazen at the wheel.

Very few women are privy to the adventures I was afforded—driving on racetracks, traveling to the glamorous Grand Prix of Monaco and the posh Aston Martin Centennial in London, meeting car collectors who told incredible stories about their vintage vehicles. Knowing about cars gave me a cool edge in New York City. It meant that I was fun at parties, offering car-buying advice to friends and answering questions about horsepower that would impress even the most cynical (usually male) gearhead in the room.

A female designer at BMW headquarters. Photo: BMW

I had learned quite a bit about cars from my many years of interviewing executives and test-driving hundreds of vehicles. I became something of an expert. Though I wasn't the first, nor am I the only, woman to write about cars, that doesn't mean there haven't been bumps in the road, so to speak. Like in most male-dominated industries, sexism is alive and well in the auto business, and I have collected my share of harassment stories. Early on, I decided to see threatening or rude behavior as a sign I was making waves as a feminist in an old-school...

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