“Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being, she is said to imitate the male.”
Simone de Beauvoir
“What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now. You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank. Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term ‘mangina.’ Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.”
Jessica Valenti, Full Frontal Feminism
"I have a sexual discrimination case against my old employer if that tells ya anything... I started off as an apprentice, worked there for two years and then (after I had been pushing for it for some time), they promoted me to flat rate. It started out okay, but they started to skip me for tickets and take my work... I was making substantially less than anyone else there because they refused to give me bigger jobs, even though I was just as capable and qualified as everyone else. That went on for MONTHS. I spoke up multiple times, but nothing got better. One day, they tried to pass this big truck off on me - the person who was next in line didn’t want it, and when I questioned them, they fired me. I had to deal with all kinds of shit on the regular there. The guys have multiple stalls in their bathrooms and a changing room too - the shop was made for them - but the women’s bathroom is just a private bathroom, so the guys kept sneaking in there to poop and would DESTROY the bathroom so I wasn’t able to go when I needed to. I asked everyone nicely to stop, but they didn’t. I put signs up, and they ripped them down... I taped them back up and then they covered the “wo” part of “women” so that it read 'men.'"
Maryland, 25 years old
"When handing out my resumes, one guy told me he “would never hire a girl to do a man's job” and then proceeded to throw my resume in the garbage. I picked it out and told him I wouldn't want to work for a piece of shit like him anyways. And thanks for letting me know what kind of person he was beforehand. I had been shot down so many times - that day, I was done being nice."
Ontario, Canada, 30 years old
"My tech school instructor, who was also a manager at a big local collision shop, told me (in front of my classmates): “I’d never hire a woman, regardless of her talents, because of the distraction it would cause and the possibility of a lawsuit.” There have been many others, but that one stung the most because it almost made me quit. I’m glad I didn’t – I’ve been doing this for ten years now."
Pennsylvania, 32 years old
"'You’re only liked and get big jobs because you’re something to look at.' - Never mind I could do big jobs in half the time it took them! Same things when I was promoted to painter – only because I’m something to look at, seems like I can never win! The negative comments have always come from guys my age, never the older techs, but even though it’s hard, it’s definitely worth the bad days."
Canada, 23 years old
"I was told by my guidance counselor to put on a skirt and heels and go find an office job. Thirty-five years later, I fixed his Lexus at one of my shops, and he hugged me, saying he was never more proud - that I followed my dreams and not his advice."
- Pennsylvania, 56 years old
“If you stand for equality, then you’re a feminist. Sorry to tell you.”
“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.”
“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
Most guys I’ve encountered have been cool. It’s the ones who feel threatened that can be shitty. But deep down, they all seem to agree that women who know cars are kind of awesome - when they’re over there, not competing with them. Trying to convince other women that car girls are awesome though? I’ve gotten a shocking amount of grossed-out disgust from women about what I do.
45 years old, California
I had to fight for two years to get signed in. His best response: “You are still reasonable-looking; you could find a man to take care of you… after complaining that women are gold diggers!
Alberta, Canada, 29 years old
A general manager at a job interview informed me, "Your pretty, got a nice face and a great body, but I’m not sure you will make it in the shop." I told him we were done; I didn't want to work for him. He laughed and said, “Whatever.” I also had a female service advisor spread lies about me and a male service advisor because she was jealous of me.
Georgia, 38 years old
At a dealership warehouse, they literally told me I was the most qualified, but they were worried about how I was “too pretty.”
Montana, 29 years old
When a little girl looks at their mom and says, “I want to be like her - pretty and doing that,” it’ll you’re your heart - the negative can’t compare to that kind of positive.
Illinois, 23 years old
I have been treated completely equal to my male coworkers. I get no special treatment, and I don’t receive any disparaging comments.
Michigan, 31 years old
In the beginning, it was rough, but I’ve been at a shop for the last 4 years that has treated me equal.
Michigan, 31 years old
I’ve mostly been treated the same as the guys at my work. I never really felt like a “girl,” just another person working in the shop. The environment has been great around there.
Canada, 27 years old
"A debate between a man and woman is very complicated because if you abuse your intellectual superiority, or whatever it may be, you end up looking like a machista [chauvinist] who is cornering a defenceless woman."
Spanish politician Miguel Arias Cañete, 2014
“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
“Nobody cares about the talent. There’s only one talent you care about, and that’s the look talent. You don’t give a shit if a girl can play a violin like the greatest violinist in the world. You want to know what does she look like.”
“Just want to give a heads up to the women! You have rights! A right to cook and a right to clean! I suggest you stop your b!tch!ng/protesting during this time. Because you also have a right to get slapped!????”
“Are you f--king kidding me […] Someone should sew her vagina shut. I’m never hiring a girl ever again. […] And women are considered diverse and being shoved in as writer and directors. Zach who is a Jewish male is being pushed out.”