Genevra Delphine Mudge: All of the Firsts

There are some firsts that seem insignificant. Genevra Delphine Mudge (what a name!) is the very first recorded female driver. She first obtained a drivers license in 1898 in the State of New York. The first working design of an automobile had only happened approximately five years before. In 1899 there were 2,500 motor vehicles … Continue reading Genevra Delphine Mudge: All of the Firsts

Lella Lombardi: Winning Points

Lella Lombardi was born near Turin, Italy during the height of World War II.  The city suffered catastrophic bombing during the Second World War as the city was an industrial hub of Italy. Following the war, the automobile industry, including the companies of Fiat, Lancia, and Alfa Romeo, helped rebuild the city. Perhaps it was … Continue reading Lella Lombardi: Winning Points

PRI: Women in Motorsports (Advice)

It is a statement you have heard on the podcast or read in many blog entries that women in motorsports still face quite an uphill battle. Many people have put forth many different suggested solutions to the problem including the controversial women-only racing league. While not touted as a solution, the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) has put forth a panel “Opportunities for Women in Motorsports” for three years now.

1970s: Break On Through (to the other side)

The 1970s was the height of Second-wave feminism. Women, obtained the right to vote. They now focused on equality in the workplace and all that came with it (including things like child care and reproductive rights). It’s only right that during the 1970s two women stepped forward in motorsports to shatter barriers long standing: Lella … Continue reading 1970s: Break On Through (to the other side)