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Patrice Banks is an engineer with a mission: to "educate and empower women through their cars."
Banks is the mastermind behind Girls Auto Clinic, a group that offers weekly classes in the Pennsylvania area specifically designed to educate women about cars and auto repair — in a culture that seems to exclude women from any automotive conversations.
According to CBS News, women are charged roughly $23 more than men for auto repair estimates, and only 1.4% of automotive service technicians are women.
Banks tells CBS' Michelle Miller that she was initially convinced that she would never be car-savvy. She says,"I think it's the culture ... that 'women don't understand cars."
Patrice decided to take the reigns and go to back to school to study automotive technology. She even began working as a mechanic in a garage to broaden her automotive knowledge.
She's been endeavoring to pass the skills she's gained on to other women (and men) in her classes.
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