Dr. Katherine Parkin presents "Women at the Wheel"

Join us Thursday, August 9 from 6-8 pm when Dr. Katherine Parking presents her Emily Toth Award-Winning Book "Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, & Fixing Cars"

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This event is free for museum members.

Non-members SAVE 50% now! Discounted prices will be $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $1.50 for youth (ages 6-17). Doors will open at 6pm and the talk will begin at 7pm.

Each ticket will include 2 drink tickets that may be redeemed for beer or wine (ages 21+). Complimentary soda and water will also be served.

Ever since the Ford Model T became a vehicle for the masses, the automobile has served as a symbol of masculinity. The freedom of the open road, the muscle car's horsepower, the technical know-how for tinkering: all of these experiences have largely been understood from the perspective of the male driver. Women, in contrast, were relegated to the passenger seat and have been the target of stereotypes that portray them as uninterested in automobiles and, more perniciously, as poor drivers.

In Women at the Wheel, Katherine J. Parkin illuminates the social implications of these stereotypes and shows how they have little basis in historical reality. With chapters on early driver's education and licensing programs, and on buying, driving, and caring for cars, she describes a rich cast of characters, from Mary Landon, the first woman ever to drive in 1899, to Dorothy Levitt, author of the first automotive handbook for women in 1909, to Margie Seals, who opened her garage, "My Favorite Mechanic . . . Is a Woman," in 1992.

Although women drove and had responsibility for their family's car maintenance, twentieth-century popular culture was replete with humorous comments and judgmental critiques that effectively denied women pride in their driving abilities and car-related expertise. Parkin contends that, despite women's long history with cars, these stereotypes persist.

This event is free for museum members and non-members now save 50%-- tickets are now $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $1.50 for youth (ages 6-17) . Doors will open at 6pm and the talk will begin at 7pm.
Each ticket will include 2 drink tickets that may be redeemed for beer or wine (ages 21+). Complimentary soda and water will also be served.

A max of 50 tickets are available.

Save 50% Now

Museum Members RSVP

Katherine J. Parkin is Professor of History at Monmouth University and author of Food Is Love: Advertising and Gender Roles in Modern America, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Women at the Wheel: A Century of Buying, Driving, and Fixing Cars-- Winner of the 2018 Popular Culture Association Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work in Women's Studies

Learn more about this interesting lecture by reading this interview with Dr. Parkin about her research for the book: https://www.monmouth.edu/magazine/women-cars-liberation/

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