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SheCANics are empowering and fierce. SheCANics are bold and vibrant. SheCANics are passionate and determined. SheCANics emphasize the importance of women in society and how they are more than capable of fulfilling the tasks that are stereotypically executed by men. The women of the Girls Auto Clinic Repair Center of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania are taking the world by storm and providing a new meaning behind the standard definition of girlhood.

According to the video provided by NBC Nightly News, “They call themselves SheCANics,” as they are not your typical mechanics because they are “armed with drills and bright red heels.” This all-female garage is designed for women drivers, particularly because they make up over 50% of the driving population, while approximately 98% of the mechanic population is composed of men. While the customers are waiting on their auto repairs, they love the idea of having access to a “full nail, hair and beauty bar.” This allows the women to relax and have some time to themselves, as they are being pampered rather than sitting in a waiting center reading old newspapers and sipping on bland coffee.

In general, the response to this video and the company in itself has been extremely positive, as people all across the United States think highly of Patrice Banks’ mission and the purpose of the Girls Auto Clinic Repair Center. However, slight controversy has sparked in regards to the bright red heels the women wear during their shifts. Although the characteristics of a SheCANic overlap with common traits used to describe the color red, a handful of people are concerned about the safety and liability issues that might occur in the workplace due to the risky choice of shoe. The women at this garage have nothing but good intentions by sporting these heels simply because they want to embody girlhood. As mentioned in the Keywords passage by Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, F.C. Robinson proposed that the word girl is derived from the Old English word, greyla, that means dress or apparel. Relating these concepts together, the bright red heels themselves serve as a symbolic representation of girlhood.

The women of the Girls Auto Clinic Repair Center embrace girlhood through the combination of “beauty, brains and brawn.” They demonstrate how all women are beautiful, both internally and externally, whether they are aware of it or not. Women should never be ashamed of embodying the brains they have, as being knowledgeable and intellectual is worth taking pride in. Strength, whether it is physical, mental or emotional, is an essential component to being a woman, and strong women have what it takes to change the world in a positive direction.

7 thoughts on “SheCANics”

  1. I think that it is great the these women are breaking the social norms and being mechanics. In today’s society, many jobs are still gender assigned. For example, mechanics are almost always men- until today. In the past, only men could be doctors and lawyers. Today, thanks to education, women are also becoming doctors and lawyers. I think it is very interesting however, that there are still jobs that are typically gender categorized. One of these jobs being mechanics. However, times continue to change and gender categorized jobs are becoming a less prominent thing. Hopefully in the near future, people will not be shocked to see a mechanic shop run by women.

  2. I think it is interesting that they have “full nail, hair and beauty bar” inside. It seems like, on one hand, they are breaking the stereotype of gender roles by having a mechanic shop full of women. On the other hand, they are embracing typical girly activities, like manicures and getting their hair done. This is an example that women can blend both sides of the issue and don’t have to choose one or the other.

  3. Thank you for posting this! It brought up in my mind the memory of when I was younger I was prohibited to do shop work with my younger brother. My grandfather owned an equipment and trucking company in southern Wisconsin, and growing up we spent much time playing there. We were assigned all kinds of chores but I was never allowed to help on the cars and machines with my (younger!) brother because I was told “girls shouldn’t get their hands dirty” and my hands were too “precious” to do hard work like the boys. This made me consider how the notion of “girlhood” changes so much generationally, and how much those generations are inclined to share their views. In my experience Millennials (my generation) are not nearly as vocal about their beliefs out of fear of offending any “group” (as say our boisterous parents and grandparents) but I’m here to say it’s time we be fearless in our delivery: women should be mechanics and welders and construction workers if they so desire. And I tip my hat to SheCANics. (Hopefully one day in the future we will be in a state where the cheesy name won’t even be necessary. We will just be MEchanics.)

  4. I think this article is great! It is nice to see a company that is starting to stray away from gender norms, and showing others that women are capable of the same jobs that typically would be considered more “manly”. Personally I also love the red heels idea. I can see where many could think that this could be a hazard or dangerous but I love that these women are embracing their girlhood and making this mechanics job that typically you would see men wearing monkey suits or ratty clothes, and the women here are wearing heels! It’s fierce and I love it! I hope that this gets enough attention that people start to see that Women are capable of doing the same things that men are, and more companies like this start to incorporate more women into the positions they would typically fill with men.

  5. This article is a fantastic way of fighting gender stereotypes! At first, I thought that the heels might’ve been a little over the top, but then I realized that it’s a really nice way of symbolizing girlhood. It demonstrates that mechanics and typical activities related to men, can be done by women that aren’t “manly.” Just because a female is in mechanics doesn’t make her any less feminine or any more manly than any other female, and that’s what these heels help accentuate. Also, as a woman, I sometimes feel like I never get the opportunity to learn really practical things in life [like how my car and its parts work] because “men are suppose to do that kind of thing” for me. In reality, I’d love to know more about cars because I’m one of the 51% of the driving population in America. Patrice Banks’ Girls Auto Clinic Repair Center would be more than welcome to fix my car, because I’d be supporting women doing what they love, even when it’s perceived as a manly career!

  6. I think it is great that women are trying to make mechanics a girl thing too. They shouldn’t be ashamed of being smart and capable or doing what would typically known as a man’s work. I hope more women embrace this so that engineering, physics, mathematics, and other STEM fields will stop being though of as a man’s field. Without women in these fields products can fail miserably. For example, I once read that this all male team designed an air bag that ended up hurting women because they didn’t take the women’s anatomy in mind. Had there been a woman working, this might have not happened.

  7. I like how these women are breaking social norms because although a lot of headway has been made in gender equality, there are still many professions such as mechanics that are primarily men. I also like that they have something that is stereotypical “girly” for the customers to do while they wait for their cars. I think that if we continue to make changes such as this, we will keep getting closer and closer to true gender equality.

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