Truckers Testers Cookers Racers
September 3, 2017 5:19 PM   Subscribe

Long-haul trucking, forensic investigation, innovative cooking, endurance racing—by women. Even though women have been in the haulage industry for a long time, people are still surprised when a woman drops out of a semi's cab. In a university, there's a club whose members study and investigate real crime cases; there's only one young man in the group Girl Detectives. In Nashville, there's a restaurant owner who's been confounding the local food style for quite a while A Woman's Kitchen. And there an all-woman endurance race in the desert Rebelle Rally.
posted by MovableBookLady (5 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Please click on "long-haul trucking" for the first link. Sort of lost my way; sorry.
posted by MovableBookLady at 5:27 PM on September 3, 2017 [1 favorite]

I've only read the first two so far, but these are really good.
posted by MexicanYenta at 7:03 PM on September 3, 2017

There's also Rallye Aïcha Des Gazelles Du Maroc if you're into women-exclusive off-road desert racing . It's in its 28th year now according to the web site.
posted by Harald74 at 11:32 PM on September 3, 2017 [1 favorite]

I wish Rebelle was open to motorcycles and even vaguely affordable. (Holy shit, I knew entry fees were high, but they're $12,000!!! JFC. The Dakar is not a whole lot more than that.) Off-road endurance racing is FUN! It'd be super interesting to do it with a bunch of women. I entered my first race this year--I was the only woman in my class, and one of only maybe half a dozen women in the whole race.
posted by mollymayhem at 2:50 PM on September 4, 2017

Jerioski used to want to be a police officer. But she’s small in stature and her involvement in the club has helped her realize that she wants to pursue criminal law instead. “I’m not very intimidating-looking and I don’t think anyone would take me seriously [as a cop],” she says, “but I think I’ll do a lot better in the courtroom, being able to work on cases.”

I like the idea of students honing their critical thinking and investigative skills. I hope some of them use these skills to help overturn wrongful convictions, like the one spotlighted in this FPP (Kristine Bunch, who was helped by the Northwestern Legal Clinic).
posted by cynical pinnacle at 3:18 PM on September 4, 2017

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