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Cars Are Not Just For Boys as Sue Macy's Motor Girls Presents the History of Women and Their Cars

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Fascinating Read of the History of Women Drivers in Careers,Service, and Achievements

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Women Drivers in the History of the Automobile World

Sue Macy in partnership with National Geographic has published a fascinating read on the history of women in the world of automobiles. Motor Girls will take you from the beginning of the automobile in our society and women who decided that cars were not just for the men to today's women drivers who work in a multitude of driving positions in business and sports. Danika Patrick, one of our most notable women drivers in the sport of racing, contributes the Forward for Motor Girls. Fans of the automobile world will find the period photographs to be of interest. Macy contributes her own description of her interest in cars with her Introduction for her book.

Each chapter in Motor Girls describes a special chapter in the history of women in the world of automobiles. Women were involved in the sales of cars, inventions that improved the design of automobiles, and a variety of careers in the service to their country with driving cars. Lillian Sheridan was the first female salesperson for Ford. Mary Anderson invented her "window cleaning device" in the form of windshield wipers in 1903. Alice Ramsey as the first woman to make a cross-country drive across the United States is featured in Chapter 3 of Motor Girls. Women were also influential in driving for the military in the early days. Chapter 5 is dedicated to the history of women who served our country by driving in many capacities. Mary Dexter served in WW1 as an ambulance driver and also as a mechanic. Macy also includes a comprehensive timeline of fascinating milestones that were reached in the development of the automobile and services that developed because of the automobile. Did you know that Pittsburgh had the first drive-in gas station that appeared in 1913? Macy also includes fascinating facts and dates for car production and registered automobiles in the population from 1900-1920. Motor Girls something for everyone who loves cars and the history of women who love cars.

Motor Girls was published by National Geographic and has an ISBN of 978-1-4263-2697-4.

Period Photos Contribute to the Fascinating History of Women and Their Cars

Ford Motor Company and wife of Henry Ford at the wheel
Ford Motor Company and wife of Henry Ford at the wheel
Some newspapers reported her to be the first woman to drive across the country.
Some newspapers reported her to be the first woman to drive across the country.
The first women's auto race at Ascot Park in California
The first women's auto race at Ascot Park in California
Women WW1 served a drivers in many capacities
Women WW1 served a drivers in many capacities

Meet the Author

Motor Girls is Sue Macy's sixth book for National Geographic. This is her continuation of her previous book Wheels of Change that tells of women and their bicycles. Macy feels that the type of car that a person drives can say a lot about the person. You may visit her website at suemacy.com and follow her on Twitter @suemacy1. Macy gives an entertaining list of the cars that she has owned on the inside of the book cover with descriptions and model years of her cars.

Everyone's Favorite Woman Racer is Featured

Danika Patrick contributes the Forward to Macy's Motor Girls. She tells her story from the beginning of her interest in cars and racing up to her exciting career today. Danika began racing go-karts when she was 10 years old. She moved to England at the age of 16 to enter the world of road racing. She was the first woman to win at Indy when she won in the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Moteg.

She writes in her Forward to Motor Girls that she just wants to be remembered as a great race car driver and not just as a woman driver. She encourages girls to pursue the career of their dreams and to never give up. Patrick is a notable woman in the history of the automobile and a star for "girl power".

Patrick Ready to Race

Girl power in the racing world
Girl power in the racing world

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