As I’ve mentioned before, the feminist revolution can be daunting sometimes.  The sexism seems too systemic, the misogyny too frightening, and the infighting too viscous.  We start to feel like our contributions can’t possibly make a difference.  To beat back the gloom, I’m highlighting ladies who rock their feminism simply by finding their thing and being fantastic at it, social conventions be damned.

For the second installment in my series, I present Sabine Schmitz: race car driver and television presenter.

Sabine Schmitz

The Things She’s Damned Good At

  • She’s a champion racing driver and has become famous for driving Germany’s notorious Nurburgring track for German automakers.
  • She runs her own driver training business.
  • She’s appeared and/or co-hosted for several television show’s, including the BBC’s immensely popular Top Gear.

Why I Love Her

I first saw Ms. Schmitz on Top Gear back in 2008/2009.  The very patriarchal host Jeremy Clarkson was impressed with his Nurburgring lap time but Sabine wasn’t having it, claiming that she could beat his time in a delivery van.  With the challenge accepted, off she went in a Ford Transit van, furiously swerving around rich white guys in their sports cars going 150 mph, ultimately coming within 10 seconds of the 10 minute goal (watch a recap starting here, continuing here).

More recently, Top Gear was overhauled (old boys club gone, long story), and Sabine was hired as one of their contributors! Having a woman co-host the world’s most popular car show is amazing.  True to form, she drove so intensely in one segment that she made a professional fighter pilot throw up.

As if all this wasn’t enough, she has an irrepressible spirit and an very solid sense of self.  She even has a Western style ranch in Germany!  Here’s to ladies who rock their feminism simply by finding their thing and being fantastic at it, social conventions be damned!

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