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Eat My Dust: Early Women Motorists (The Johns Hopkins by Georgine Clarsen

By Georgine Clarsen

The historical past of the car will be incomplete with no contemplating the effect of the automobile at the lives and careers of ladies within the earliest many years of the 20 th century. Illuminating the connection among ladies and autos with case stories from around the globe, Eat My Dust demanding situations the acquired knowledge that males embraced car know-how extra certainly than did women.

Georgine Clarsen highlights the private tales of ladies from the us, Britain, Australia, and colonial Africa from the early days of motoring until eventually 1930. She notes the various ways that those girls embraced vehicle expertise of their nationwide and cultural context. As mechanics and taxi drivers -- like Australian Alice Anderson and Brit Sheila O'Neil -- and long-distance adventurers and political activists -- like South Africans Margaret Belcher and Ellen Budgell and American suffragist Sara Bard box -- girls sought to outline the know-how of their personal phrases and in keeping with their very own wishes. They challenged conventional notions of femininity via their love of autos and proved they have been articulate, convinced, and routinely savvy motorists of their personal right.

More than new chapters in motor vehicle heritage, those tales find ladies motorists inside twentieth-century debates approximately category, gender, sexuality, race, and nation.

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