Girls Auto Clinic, Patrice Banks, Female Entrepreneur, Woman Owned Company, African American Entrepreneur, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

Get Under the Hood: Female-Run Auto Repair Shop Turns ‘Auto Heads’ Into Knowledgeable Car Consumers | Atlanta Black Star Women’s dreaded trip to the mechanic is no longer a hassle thanks to the Girls Auto Clinic, a female-owned and -operated auto repair shop and beauty salon in Philadelphia, Pa.



With women being the No. 1 consumers in the automotive industry, spending $200 million each year on their cars, GAC owner Patrice Banks felt it was time to give the automotive industry a boost of female empowerment. So, she opened an auto repair shop for women, by women.

“The reason I decided to cater this space to women … is because I saw an incredible opportunity when I was researching for myself to find a female mechanic,” Banks said.

“I didn’t grow up in the automotive industry. I was an auto airhead. I didn’t know about my car and I was feeling very disempowered. And that’s what gave me the idea to be like … there needs to be some female empowerment in the automotive industry. There needs to be some changes.”

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AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF PHILADELPHIA | PHILADELPHIA, PA

Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day.

The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology. The AAMP currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offer exhibitions anchored by one of our three dominant themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative. (Website).