“Women can be beautiful and smart. They just choose to play down their intelligence so they can survive and get along with others during the times in history when women didn't have equal rights, couldn't speak out, and were considered property.”
Kailin Gow, Strong
"We were painting stripes on a Mustang, and something wasn’t working right. I recommended a solution TWICE and was met with lackluster enthusiasm, no action. One of the guys recommended exactly what I had been saying, and suddenly it was the best idea ever! Surprise...it worked!"
Tennessee, 24 years old
“A woman who thinks she is intelligent demands the same rights as man. An intelligent woman gives up.”
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
"A customer actually told my boss to help me replace a taillight because he didn’t like a “girl” working on his car. He even asked, 'Does she actually know what she’s doing?' My boss told him I’d be fine. "
Minnesota, 28 years old
“An intelligent woman has millions of born enemies... all the stupid men.”
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
"While doing a full set of wheels and tyre changes, a gentlemen said, 'Let me show you.' Now, I’ve done this many times, and I wasn’t struggling, didn’t need help – and when I told him, 'I’ve got it,' he informed me, 'You shouldn’t be doing this – I don’t know why they sent you. They should have sent a man. This isn’t a job for you.' I know that their comments are more a reflection of themselves and their beliefs than it is a reflection of me... Realising that makes it easier to shrug off."
North Yorkshire, England, 22 years old
"When I was working at the quick lube, this oil change customer was being disrespectful to our female service advisor, demanding to speak to a man because 'women aren’t qualified' and telling her she 'should not be doing a man’s job.' He made her cry! My supervisor was very upset so he asked me to do the oil change – which the customer could see through the huge windows looking into the lube pit from the waiting area. I was glad to do it, alone – I hope that burned him."
Canada, 27 years old
"My paint instructor in college told me I’d never be able to paint well or get anywhere in the industry because I’m female. I busted my ass, qualified for SkillsUSA Nationals – twice – and came back with silver in post-secondary refinish my second year, and I have since had two jobs as the only painter. His words pushed me to prove him wrong – an instructor certainly should not be saying things like that."
Michigan, 26 years old
“Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”
“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