The Women’s World Car of the Year has initiated efforts to declare 24 June as International Women Drivers’ Day. It’s an initiative promoted by the Women’s World Car of the Year, aims to draw attention to the importance of women in the automotive world.

Just three years ago on 24 June, the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia was lifted. On that day, one of the great remaining walls in the automotive world came down. Women gained mobility, personal freedom and a passion for cars. They became more visible and made society aware of the potential of more than 50% of the population.

Today, women influence more than 80% of car purchases in advanced countries. This will continue or grow in the coming years because “the percentage of young women university students is already higher in developed countries. Wage parity is starting to be an achievable goal, Boards of Directors are no longer exclusively male and in the lists of the richest people in the world it is not unusual to see more and more women’s names”, says Marta García, Executive President of WWCOTY.

International Women Drivers’ Day also celebrates the amplifying role of women in expressing their opinions and experiences of cars on social media. Their voice is multiplied on Instagram, where the number of female users reaches 50.8% globally, 77.1% on Pinterest, 43.8% on Facebook and 44% on TikTok. This is particularly important because of the very high female environmental awareness in the field of mobility. It is not only about performance and safety, but also about saving the planet without losing the right to the freedom to come and go as and where you please.

International Women Drivers’ Day is also a call for reflection on the road ahead. Even today, many women still feel scrutinised when they drive.  And they are poorly represented in motor sport. That is why this celebration promoted by the Women’s World Car of the Year is necessary. Because a future of sustainable mobility and equality would not be possible without the contribution of women.

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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