The Small Coalition of Female Mechanics Continues to Grow in Size and Strength
Updated: May 22
Female mechanics only account for 2.1% of all US mechanics, but they have a considerable breadth of knowledge and experience under their belts.
Women make up half of the population, yet we don't see them in the same number as men in several industries, including the automotive industry. This disparity creates a very sexist atmosphere.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up 2.1% of all auto mechanics. Female mechanics working in male-dominated workspaces face sexism and job insecurity daily, which perpetuates silence among them. A survey by Automotive News supports this pervasive sexism in the industry.
Nearly 900 women took the survey; almost 70% of them said that they had been subjected to an unwanted advance and asked to do lower-level tasks in place of their male colleagues. These statistics are hindering growth in the industry.
Women account for 53% of new cars purchased each year. This industry should cater to this demographic and needs like the fashion, beauty, health, and wellness or design industry.
This mistreatment is experienced on both sides of the hood by mechanics and customers alike. It's no surprise that A Northwestern University study showed that uninformed female customers are taken advantage of and charged far more than their male counterparts. This maltreatment has caused women to avoid going into auto shops altogether.