Another Care of the Year story. I was listening to NPR on my drive into work this morning as I usually do. Between segments on hunger strikes at Guantanamo, possible chemical weapons use in Syria, and the death of Chris “Daddy Mack” Smith (of Kris Kross fame), NPR’s Ofeibea (“oh-FAY-be-a”) Quist-Arcton spoke with Sandra Aguebor-Ekperuoh about women working in the male-dominated field of auto mechanics in Nigeria.
Here’s why this story matters. Most of us reading here work on cars for fun. We spend our play money on them. It’s just something we do, ya know? Yeah, there’s an aspect of independence to it, sure, but when was the last time you looked over your tools and saw them as a means to a better life for you and your family?
If you click the link above, you can read or listen to the story. It’s just a couple minutes, and there’s so much about this that’s interesting when you really think about it. At first, you might think, “How backward, it takes that much effort to get a woman a job as a mechanic in Nigeria?” How many women do you know actively involved in working on cars? For a living? And isn’t it just a little bit refreshing to get news out of Nigeria that isn’t spammers, war, drugs, and corruption?
Check out the Lady Mechanic Initiative for more information. How do your mechanical abilities make a difference in your life today? How might they make a difference in someone else’s life tomorrow? We pay a lot of attention to those who have it better than us, wishing we had it so good. When was the last time you looked the other way? If I could use my gearhead powers for good in the world, I’d want to use them to __________.
Stuff like this makes us proud to be gearheads. Stuff like this is what we want to showcase with Gearbox Magazine. It starts with me. It starts with you. High performance machines can lead to high performance lives. How are you modifying your life?