From Katie Johnston’s article on the Boston Globe website:
Some customers didn’t know what to make of Samantha Briody when they saw her behind the parts counter at AutoZone in Weymouth.
“Is there a guy here?” they would ask.
Little did they know how well equipped she was to help them.
Briody, 21, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in automotive management from the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston, and just started a new position as a parts specialist at a Volkswagen dealership in Norwood.
But dealing with gender stereotypes is likely to remain part of her job. Even as the number of women taking automotive classes has remained steady or risen in schools around New England, the share of them working as mechanics and in auto parts sales has declined in recent years — reflecting a drop in females in many male-dominated industries.