Fourteen-year-old Kathryn DiMaria can't get her driver's license for another two years, but that hasn't stopped her from building the car of her dreams. At age 12, Kathryn convinced her parents to let her buy and begin restoring a 1986 Pontiac Fiero with $450 in babysitting money. Over the past two years, she has painstakingly restored every part of her Fiero by hand, quickly learning advanced mechanical skills such as welding, grinding, upholstering, sandblasting -- even how to rebuild an engine.
With dad Jerry as her loyal project partner, and plenty of automotive know-how from Uncle Bob, Kathryn has embarked on an epic journey that is shattering gender stereotypes, inspiring thousands, and opening doors she never imagined. Watch and learn how Kathryn's project earned her an invitation from General Motors to attend the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and hang out with two female engineers from the original Fiero team.
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I mean sure it's awesome she's doing this, but i think the yellow gauge cluster looks really ricey. I hope at least it's a 5 speed or in my opinion it's a waste of time. Oh while you're at it drop a LS1 in the rear.
Doing what she did requires massive amounts of time, money, and knowledge. From what I viewed, she had great resources(an uncle who could supply her with tools and such and her father already seemed very knowledgeable with car restoration.(enough to find and appraise a fiero himself) I'd say to start, read up on cars-Find a good automotive encyclopedia/ use the internet-go to car shows and link up with people there and discuss with your parents. It's not as hard as it looks. Give it a shot!
I am so damn tired of the argument that we are not encouraging women to go into fields that are generally seen as work by men. There are plenty of men in modern times, as well as in the past, that did work that was traditionally seen as work by women, yet they defied the stereotypes of their fields. How about you just shut the hell up, work your ass off, and make something good out of your life and tell the haters and naysayers to go politely piss up a rope? Respect is made by effort, period.
It's not so much "society making this career field seem like its just for guys", it's in the nature of males and females. Scientific studies have shown that, before society shapes a person, male babies naturally prefer playing with more mechanical toys, whereas female babies do not, for the most part. With that in mind, I think it's good when girls are encouraged to explore fields not thought of as 'woman's work'.
why? no one on this earth was meant to be exactly the same so you should have no reason to be like her or do what she does because it's amazing. find out what you love to do and you'll also excel at it :)
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