Tomorrow, for the first time, four women (out of 33) will compete in the Indianapolis 500! Now, I do not follow cars at all, to say the least, but a friend of mine told me about it as if it were a big deal so I decided to look into it. And who knew—it is!
So some facts about racing: 33 years ago, in 1977, Janet Guthrie, an aerospace engineer, became the first woman to compete in the 500. And in 2007, three women participated.
Interestingly, NASCAR’s Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600, a race that is also going on tomorrow, will not have a single woman driver out of their 43. Some people say that it is because of the cars’ bulkier size and the potential physical difficulties that women could encounter, although many people disagree.
Now, I know nothing about racing, but I think it’s significant that women are making their way into the racing world, albeit slowly. So I thought I’d share this piece of news. Maybe one day people will stop making “women are all bad drivers” jokes, too…