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Katherine Parkin on Women Drivers vs. Men Drivers

  • St. Francis College, Room 4202en 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)

Join us for the Senior Citizen Lectures and Institute for Peace & Justice guest lectures and events this semester. --Co-directors, Sara Rzeszutek Haviland and Emily Horowitz

Prof. Katherine Parkin (History, Monmouth University) on Women Drivers vs. Men Drivers

This talk considers the 100+ year debate in American society about whether or not women or men are better drivers. Parkin argues that we never use the term man driver and found that people only asked the question to assert male superiority, even when the evidence discovered women as comparably good or better drivers. This talk speaks to a notion of identity and argues that we face an entrenched sexism that most people aren't aware of, including their own prejudiced views – and brings the debate up into the modern day, with dismissal of women as drivers persisting.