Please join the AskPatty.com team and CEO Jody DeVere in wishing BlogHer a very happy 10th Anniversary! For the past decade, BlogHer has been a phenomenal media company working to connect and showcase women bloggers from across the 'net. They're always a dream to work with and we want to wish them all the best in the next decade - and the next! Congrats, BlogHer!
Today at AskPatty, we remember the women service members who have taken on a variety of roles and have risen through the ranks in our nation’s military. Wives, mothers, sisters, daughters: At the foundation of our nation’s history with the American Revolution and continuing to the present, women have always volunteered in defense of our nation.
According to the National Women’s History Project, more than 24,000 women served in World War I -- half of whom were nurses in the Navy, Army, and Red Cross.
From 1942-1945, while men fought in the battlefront of World War II, more 18 million women filled the civilian and defense positions created is the country's shift to wartime productions.
Scores of women have served honorably in a variety of occupations, but most importantly, we made history when The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles. In January, 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed an order at a Pentagon news conference rescinding the rule that prevented women from serving in direct combat jobs.
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Dan Akerson will retire from his role as General Motors Chairman and CEO, to be replaced by Mary Barra, currently GM Executive Vice President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. Barra was elected by the Board of Directors to replace Akerson when he steps down on January 15, 2014.
“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” said Barra at the December 10th town hall meeting where the news was announced. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”
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The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and Ford Motor Company are funding a $5,000 Student Media Scholarship Competition: Blazing the Trail: Celebrating the Women of Empowering America® and the deadline to apply is just around the corner!
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Ask Patty is so excited to share the news that Amy Mattinat
has been elected the
new president the Car Care Council Women’s Board. Her appointment becomes
effective following the Women's Board reception on Tuesday, November 5, at AAPEX in Las Vegas.
Amy has been a long-time contributor to AskPatty, and is a
member of the AskPatty
Women’s Automotive Speaker’s Bureau. Amy is president of Auto Craftsmen, an
independent auto repair sales and service center in Montpelier, Vermont. In
addition to managing the business, Amy writes a monthly car care newsletter and
a magazine column called “Under the Hood.” She also is the author of “How to
Buy a Great Used Car” and teaches women car care clinics on a regular basis.
She has been a part of the auto care industry for more than 18 years.
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BMW i3: The new reality
BMW chose New York City for the world debut of their visionary vehicle, the i3. With 8,175,13 citizens, NYC fits the profile of a densely populated urban metropolis where electric cars are ideal for short commutes.
studies carried out as part of BMW’s Project i involved more than a thousand
participants travelling by car over 12.5 million miles. Results showed
that the average daily distance covered was around 30 miles.
“In 2025, 8 billion people will live on the planet; 4.5 billion will
live in cities. There will be 1.8 billion cars on the roads. In order
to address the personal mobility needs of people living within the
world’s most densely populated urban city centers, BMW created BMW i –
the sustainable new sub-brand whose mission is to develop visionary
vehicles and mobility services.”
~ BMW Project i
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Burau, GM’s Chief Engineer of light-duty and heavy-duty pickup trucks. Jully
was hired as a crash test engineer for Buick in 1980, and joined full-size
trucks as Chief Engineer in 2001, where she has played a large part in working
to refine the quietness of the all-new GMC Sierra, as well as its handling,
steering, and braking capabilities.
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Earlier today Susan Docherty, president
and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, announced her
intention to leave General Motors to spend time with her family, effective
September 30. “I leave with incredible memories and valued
friendships with high hopes for GM's continued success,” Docherty said in
Her promotion to General Motors' top U.S. sales position in 2009
marked the first time a woman held that position in the automaker's 101-year
history. Susan’s promotion
to vice president
of U.S. sales made her the first and only woman on then-CEO
Fritz Henderson's executive committee and the highest-ranked woman working at
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For Cadillac’s launch of Style Driven, an initiative blending fashion
and automotive design, they chose Hundred Acres, a sustainable
restaurant in SoHo, New York. The environment: a mellow mix of new age farm-to-table vintage and quiet luxury.
Style Driven, a four-part video series, follows the life of fashion stylist Erin Walsh, with celebrity clients that include: Kristen Wiig, Kerry Washington and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The series follows Walsh as she is ferried around New York City in a Cadillac SRX choosing dresses and accessories for the Costume Institute Benefit at the Met in New York City. This year the theme was punk. But, we’re talking high-voltage high-style punk.
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By LeeAnn Shattuck, a.k.a. “The Car ChickTM”
We’ve all heard the old adage, “Beware the woman driver!”
Sir Stirling Moss even reiterated his own
similar opinion last week, only to be debunked by many women racers in the
profession. That normally insulting phrase took on a whole new meaning recently
at the the Doug Foley Drag
Racing School held at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, where I met up with top NHRA
drivers, Brittney and Courtney Force, for a day of drag racing.
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