Less than 20% of mechanics are women. This woman Charlotte is one of the few


Empress Alexandra Garrett’s love of cars is lifelong. As a female mechanic, she is one of the few women working on cars.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — March 8 is International Women’s Day and Larry Sprinkle introduces us to a female auto mechanic working in a male-dominated field.

As an auto mechanic, Empriss Alexandra Garrett is one of the women who make up 17.5% of women working in automotive parts, accessories and tire stores, according to 2021 statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“I’m in a male-dominated industry. And that might be a challenge,” Garrett told Sprinkle.

Garrett is originally from California and moved to Charlotte to pursue his dream as a mechanic. His love for cars was born from seeing his grandfather who worked for General Motors since 25 years.

“I’ve always loved cars,” she said. “And it’s always been a passion for me.”

Garrett, also known on social media by his username “Diva Runner,” also has a great passion for drag racing.

“I like it more than fixing cars, she explained. I love drag racing. It’s like the funniest thing you can do”

This Diva Racer hopes to one day lead workshops and design clothes for women. She hopes this will help empower women in the automotive field.

You can read more about Garrett on his website.


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