Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly Into the Twentieth Century
Let’s start with the best quote ever:
“A person who should run over or into another without stopping to inquire about the victim, and to offer assistance, could not expect to be considered a gentleman.”- Manners and Social Usages 1907
This book contains not only the history of automobiles in the United States, but it also highlights the women that pioneered this field. There is a forward written by Danica Patrick which will appeal to girls who are into cars now.
I loved the chapter that told the story of Alice Ramsey and her friends as they drove across the United States alone in 1909. That was at a time when the very thought of four women taking on such a long trip alone was crazy. They completed the trip in 63 and a half days. They spent $8000 on food, lodging, parts, repairs and more than 800 gallons of gasoline. They also picked up a dog along the way!
Earlier that year Automobile magazine declared that ” the driving of an automobile has become a task well within the ability of the average woman.” Thanks- guys.
There is so much more that I don’t have the time to get into. The book includes a resource section and all the history you’d ever want on the subject.
Homeschoolers- you have more than enough here to make a kick ass unit study.
I read a DRC in exchange for an honest review. Thumbs way up.
Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly Into the Twentieth Century Hardcover – February 7, 2017 (Just in time for Women’s History Month in March)