For Hire

Photo by Claire Fuller

“May I help you?” he asked.

“Yes.  I’d like a job.”

“Here?”

“Yes.”

“Why?”

“I’m good at fixing cars.”

“Where are you from?”

“Nigeria.”

“Why did you leave there to come here?”

“More opportunities here.  I’d like to work here.”

“Look, only men work here.”

“I’d be the first woman.”

“I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

“Let me fix that car over there.”

“Fine.” He acquiesced, certain that she couldn’t do the job and to get rid of her.

“It’s fixed,” she informed him half-hour later.

He checked the car and it was as good as new.  “You’re hired!”

100 Words

This story was inspired by Sandra Aguebor, Nigeria’s first female mechanic who teaches women how to fix cars so that someday, they can open their own garage and businesses. Read more about this remarkable woman here.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.

30 Replies to “For Hire”

    1. Dear Rochelle,

      Yes. Hurray for Sandra. She is truly and inspiration. Thanks to her, many women like my character, can become whatever they set their minds to be. Am delighted you loved the story.

      Shalom,
      Adele

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  1. Great story! Merry Christmas! And yet, here in America when a woman walks into a mechanic they instantly treat her as if she’s as stupid as a doorknob. I’ve been dealing with these jerks all week as I try to find someone to replace a valve cover gasket. Truth, I’m almost at the point of buying myself a torque wrench and renting a storage unit for a day to fix it myself. Great story! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Bear. Merry Christmas to you too :). It’s such a shame that women are still treated so differently from men when it comes to certain things. I hope that one day this will change–that a woman can walk into a mechanic shop and be treated with the respect she deserves.

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