Phoenix

‘Girl Gang Garage’ inspires women to try automotive trades

The “Girl Gang Garage” mission is to empower women to discover expert automotive trades, an trade that is historically male dominated.

PHOENIX — A gaggle of Valley women are getting their arms soiled, working to enhance the variety of women within the automotive trade. A 2019 report from the U.S. International Trade Commission revealed it’s a male dominated trade, with just a bit greater than 23 % of staff being feminine.

In Phoenix, the Girl Gang Garage welcomes women of all expertise ranges to the automotive area. Their mission is to empower women to discover expert trades, like engaged on automobiles. 

Bogi Lateiner is the founding father of the storage, which is something however conventional for women. 

“See what its like to weld or cut metal and take things apart and put them back together,” Lateiner said. “We exist strictly to advocate for and connect women in the trades to one another.”

Lateiner normalizes women in mechanics, whereas creating one in all a sort initiatives like teaming with Volvo on a new-build automobile project. Lateiner mentioned it’s a traditional 1961 Volvo, positioned on prime of 2019 Volvo s-60 hybrid.

“Taking a model new automotive, lower it aside into little items, lower aside an outdated automotive and we caught them collectively,” she mentioned. 

The woman gang simply bought executed exhibiting it off at this year’s SEMA automotive present in Las Vegas.

“(A) ton of technology, ton of equipment that we had to cram into this little space,” Lateiner said. “And our goal is to make everything work in it.”

Projects like this encourage different women like Krystle Reale to get their arms soiled whereas studying on the storage. 

“I really like having the ability to clear up the issue of placing the outdated automotive with the brand new automotive,” Reale mentioned. 

It’s a ardour project of Lateiners, after greater than 20 years of trade expertise, together with proudly owning a common restore store. 

“That was additionally predominately feminine run,” Lateiner mentioned. 

They’ve paved an open highway for women in a historically male dominated trade.

“There are women who need it and they need to have a straightforward path to get into it if that’s what they crave and what they need,” Lateiner mentioned. 

Girl Gang Garage affords lessons for all expertise ranges. There are some charges to be a part of, however Lateiner mentioned they begin as little as solely $12 so paying for sophistication just isn’t a further barrier.

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