I get asked often about being a woman in a man’s world. It seems like I am answering that question daily. By now I am just all too used to it. But, there are days that it truly frustrates me. I have to say that for the most part, majority of the colleagues in the industry/sport treat me as one of the guys. No sexist behavior, nor special treatment. Just quality individuals. But, I also have to say that not everyone has been that way. There are the few of course that are either just blatantly your stereotypical man with tasteless jokes and innuendos, or there are the ones that seem to actually be threatened or jealous of my success and position. I do feel that I am constantly working twice as hard for a lot of things, for respect of some. And, for some I will never gain their respect strictly out of threat and jealousy. Something that I knew clear from the start in all this was that I wasn’t in all this for the attention of the opposite sex. What drew me here was my love for racing, my passion of always striving for what I want, my need for the best in life. I didn’t come here looking for wealth. I came here to be happy and reach my goals. I think the part where you may see me get irritated is when I receive less or no credibility in something that I create, something I work so hard for only because I am not a man. Having a male counterpart in my day-to-day business, a lot of credibility is often directed to one side. The male side. I have learned over the years, even as a child that when you walk into a man’s world striving for their dreams/ goals, they at times get territorial. All you can do is just hold your head high and remember why you are here, and what you are doing.
Another common question I am asked is why there are not more women out there in this industry and in Motorsports. There are a few reasons to that. I think one of the big reasons is that many women would rather spend a weekend in the club, or shopping for a new purse with her girlfriends. Not may women want to dedicate their lives to something like this. A social life away from all this is pretty much non-existent as this is your life. You eat, sleep, and breathe racing and Motorsports. Not everyone thinks that this is sexy. This appeals to many women as I see, but many don’t want to take the time to learn the ins and outs of their cars, get dirty, turn a wrench. Besides driving your car, to completely understand what is going on you have to know what you are driving and what it consists of. It is not all glamorous as some are led to believe. I think the intimidation factor is another big piece in this. Walking into a room of only men, rather important men is always an awkward feeling at first. Gearing up and entering the staging lanes is an intimidating feeling at times being surrounded again only by men. You feel their eyes burning into the back of your skull! There is so much pressure to do well. To do what the men do. This can be too much for the timid. There are few and far women in this making millions. This isn’t going to make you millionaire, and often you are stuck with what I call the “race track” diet. The race track diet usually involves what ever is off the freeway near the track. Usually Carl’s Jr, or something greasy. I look at what I do day-to-day, and it isn’t all a walk in the park. I don’t think there are many out there that would stick this out.
But, for me this is my life. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t still be here even with the ups and the downs that it has. I have made many sacrifices in my life to continue doing what I love. I have lost a lot, but gained so much more from those losses.
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