Although it’s 2019 and many people will claim that gender equality has been achieved, the fact remains that society identifies distinct differences between females and males.
Yet, the reality is that many expectations for the “softer sex” are a construct that doesn’t quite jive with reality. This is evidenced in the automotive and collision repair industry by the constantly increasing membership levels of women-focused organizations, such as the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) and Women in Automotive (WIA), showing just how many women are actively involved in this unconventional career field.
Earlier this year, Jayme Blasiman decided that these women should be highlighted so their contributions and impact to the automotive industry can be recognized – that’s when she founded Femcanic Garage, a podcast featuring interviews with women in the automotive and racing industries. According to Blasiman, “With the Femcanic podcast, I want to give a voice to women in the automotive industry through a medium that hasn’t been explored in a professional way.”
“My hope for Femcanic Garage is that it will inspire women, young ladies, and girls to pursue the wrenching and racing trade on any level they wish. Even if they never get their hands dirty, I want to spark their curiosity and give them full permission to explore the automotive industry without the apprehension of ‘girls don’t do that,’” Blasiman expressed.
Necessity is the mother of intention, and Blasiman’s brainchild was born when she went looking for a podcast to listen to on her daily commute as an alternative to music and audible books. “I thought, ‘I’d really like to hear about women in automotive,’” she recalled. “I searched but couldn’t find much. The only one I found did not impress me because the audio quality wasn’t great and the content wasn’t much better. Since I wanted to listen to a podcast on automotive women and couldn’t find one, I decided to create one myself.”
Inspired by SheCANic Patrice Banks from Girls Auto Clinic in Upper Darby, PA, Blasiman chose the name Femcanic for her podcast because “Fem for females and obviously can, so it means females CAN!”