“Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well.”
- Robin Sharma
"When I told an older gentleman that I wanted to work in a speed shop someday, he told me no one would hire a woman, but I'd 'make a great parts girl.' I've always been a bit timid so yeah... I believed him and gave up."
California, 36 years old
"The first painter I ever worked for told me, 'You don’t look like someone who would do this job – you don’t look like a dyke.' He kept fumbling to get his foot out of his mouth, but he was basically saying I couldn’t do this job unless I at least LOOKED like a man."
Paint Prepper, Mississippi, 25 years old
"During tech school, my instructor constantly made comments like, 'A woman is only good for one thing,' and when a guy in class was degrading me, the instructor told me, 'Don’t worry – that wouldn’t bother you if you were in the place you belong… doing my laundry, cleaning the house, and making me food.' Like a lot of other women [in this industry], I’m not easily offended, but I’d never felt more belittled in my life – and over the thing I love most in this world, no less!"
Automotive Technician, Illinois, 23 years old
"I had one driver straight up refuse to let me work on his trailer because I 'should be at home cooking dinner.' When trying to get authorized for a repair and telling the company that I was the tech-on-location THREE times, the guy still asked when someone could be there to make the repairs! Some drivers just stare at me, but I actually caught one standing next to his truck, jacking off! Any time I’ve had an issue that couldn’t be ignored, my boss has always had my back."
Big Rig Mechanic, Illinois, 38 years old
"When I reached for food during an employee lunch, the guys told me, 'We don’t want dick-grabbers in everyone’s food!' I walked away to avoid the situation, but they called me back in and yelled at me for not putting the food away – I didn’t even eat anything, and when I started to get upset, they yelled at me: 'Wanna go fucking cry about it? How ‘bout you go cry about it?' Yeah, that’s when I lost it and yelled back which didn’t end well. I waited the rest of the day for an apology. Turns out they flipped the story when they told the owner. Apparently, I was 'in a bad mood today… she just freaked out on everyone for no reason.' Well, the owner had audio surveillance, and my story was the one that checked out. The guys involved did seriously apologize, and we’re good now. But it still happened."
Auto Body Technician, Arizona, 25 years old
"The head painter at my second job always had it out for me. I guess he thought I would like him when I started working there, so when I didn’t, he took his anger out on me, constantly yelling at me and calling me a complaining bitch. Once, he tried to get me fired for not painting a part he’d requested – except he hadn’t given me the paint that he had to specially tint himself. It went on until he decided he wanted to sleep with me and started flirting. I had to shut that down several times before he finally started acting right, but he eventually quit, and now I get along with everyone!"
“All growth starts at the end of your comfort zone.”
“It is not the intelligent woman v. the ignorant woman; nor the white woman v. the black, the brown, and the red, it is not even the cause of woman v. man. Nay, ‘tis woman's strongest vindication for speaking that the world needs to hear her voice.”
Anna Julia Cooper
“A woman painter? They must’ve hired you to paint the pink ones!”
“Female mechanics, huh? Must be tough times!”
“How do you like screwing for a living?” (as I was working under the hood of his F-150).
“You should be at home; women have no place in the shop.”
"Are you a real tech? I didn’t know they had any women.”
From Co-workers / Industry Sales Reps