There's a glaring gender imbalance in auto repair, but women want to change that

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This post is part of Mashable’s ongoing series The Women Fixing STEM, which highlights trailblazing women in science, tech, engineering, and math, as well as initiatives and organizations working to close the industries’ gender gaps.


Natalie Flores was seven months pregnant when she got a flat on a desolate stretch of highway. It wasn’t the worst thing that could happen on the road, but when the tow truck driver said there’d be a three-hour wait, she broke down and cried. All she could do was wait for the roadside help before heading on to visit her parents.

“I would be terrified if anything went wrong with my car” — or even if a light went on on the dash — she said in a recent phone call. So, a bit after her flat tire ordeal, she decided to do something about it. She went through her car’s owner’s manual to figure out how to change a tire step by step, and then did it on on her own. “Anytime I worked on my vehicle after that felt good,” she said. …

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