Join us as the Petersen Automotive Museum hosts a talk discussing how female motorists carved a space within American automotive culture.
The rise of automobile culture at the dawn of the twentieth century heralded the opening of social and economic opportunities for wide swaths of the American population. However, from its inception automobile culture was highly gendered, with powerful vehicles linked to a masculine world that discouraged women drivers. Critics of female drivers pointed to supposed mental and physical deficiencies to justify their stance. Despite such hurdles, women were quick to join the motoring craze, pushing the limits of respectability and eager to partake of the freedom offered by the automobile.
Event is free to the public; does not include full museum gallery access or parking. Parking in our garage is $12 for public and $10 for members with member validation. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to reserve your spot; your reservation can apply to one accompanying guest. Light refreshments will be available while supplies last.