International Women’s Day
We’ve seen that amazing things can happen when women take the wheel. And where they cannot, we’ve seen great things too. In Saudi Arabia where women are not allowed to drive, 80 percent of our riders are female. In fact, last December women took free Uber rides to the first election they ever had the freedom to vote in.
According to a recent survey, at the end of last year 19 percent of drivers using the Uber app in the U.S. were women, compared to 14 percent a year ago. And last month, 21 percent of our active uberX driver-partners in the U.S. were women. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Women are signing up to drive with Uber in greater numbers: 29 percent of new signups in the U.S. are female. In the past year alone, more than 230,000 women in America — and more than 130,000 women in China — have driven their first trip.
In the Bay Area, women like those you’ll meet below are partnering with Uber to pursue their dreams, accommodate their schedules, and build their communities. It’s about the opportunity to fit work around life, rather than the other way around.
Today we wanted to celebrate International Women’s day by thanking the women who help hundreds of thousands of riders get from A to B every day, as well as the women who are a force in the San Francisco culinary world, playing an integral part in restaurants featured on UberEATS. Here are some of their personal stories.
Software engineer turned
sharing economy pro
“Don’t be afraid to speak up, never apologize for having an opinion, and fight for what you believe in. Don’t be afraid to shine, stand up, and be yourself. Everyone appreciates a female perspective.”.
In 2002, Ann left her home in Ireland and moved to San Francisco to start work as a software engineer. She left the industry years later, pursuing a career in naturopathic medicine. Now, she’s fully immersed in the sharing economy, occasionally placing her vehicle and apartment on rental sites.
She may consider getting back into tech, but for now, she appreciates her day-to-day driving with Uber. “I’ve had wonderful experiences as a female driver; I’ve met many women who were so happy I picked them up and appreciated a female perspective.”
Mother, student, community-builder
“You can do anything in this world. Just make sure that whatever you’re doing, you’re happy. Happiness is at the core of everything.”
Born and raised in San Francisco, Ariana drives with Uber in between school, homework, spending time with her daughter, and her volunteer work at Project Rebound, an organization dedicated to helping young, formerly incarcerated individuals get back on their feet. “The system works against people of color. By working with Project Rebound, I’m helping people become more educated and setting them up to succeed.”
As for her experience with Uber, Ariana appreciates the app features that make her safe while on the road, and providing safe rides home to the men and women of the Bay.
Soon-to-be master’s in Arts Education
“You have to comfortable in the skin you’re in. We should stop being so concerned with whether we’re shorter, bigger, than someone else. Just keep living!”
A human resources professional and minister, Vanessa knew she wanted to go back to school, and started driving with Uber to make it happen. Now, Vanessa’s on track to receive her Masters in Arts Education in 2019. “I’m 57 years old. Going back to school is a big deal.”
Bold, unique trailblazer
“Just break the barrier of whatever preconceived notion that other people might cast upon you. Whether society or your neighbors tell you you can’t do something… if you feel that nudge in your heart, you have to go for it.”
Miho moved to the U.S. 27 years ago from Japan, where she met her American husband. New to the country, and inspired by Ruth from the Old Testament, Ruth made her personal motto, “your people are my people,” and made it her goal to meet many different types of people. Another personal hero? Amelia Earhart. “She dared to do something unconventional. I like to consider myself as someone who would dare do the same.” As for how Miho started driving with Uber, she simply says, “why not?”
“Never feel limited in your life, because the only person you could ever limit you is yourself. It doesn’t take money, it takes thinking outside the box.”
Having previously worked as a flight attendant, and now working on the corporate side of the industry, Katelin is incredibly inspired by Gertrude Bell, a female traveller, writer, spy, archaeologist and more, who she says influenced and established communities and relationships all around the world. Katelin lives in the Tenderloin, and has befriended her neighbors that she’s coincidentally given rides to. “It really makes me feel a bigger sense of community. It’s so nice to feel that through your job.”
Meet Mo Clancy.
Founder, Seed + Salt
Best advice she’s ever received: “Just do you.”
A working mother, Mo is an entrepreneur who was once named one of the Top 100 People Changing the World.
Seed + Salt came out of a personal need of hers to change the way she was eating, and not being able to find options that aligned with her ideology: eating clean, but enjoyable food. Mo and her team spent two years developing recipes, and Seed + Salt remains a go-to spot for health-conscious eaters in the Bay Area.
Meet Tai Ricci.
Server, Stone’s Throw
Best advice she’s ever received: “You should never be surprised by good service.”
Named one of the best servers in the city by SF Eater, Tai carries years of experience and an incredible personality with her every day. How did she get there? “I wanted to host the best party. Every night.” Tai has worked in noted restaurants, both local and across the country, but started in Philadelphia as a waitress and worked her way up. Stop by Stone’s Throw, and say hi to the woman who makes it happen.
Meet Amanda Michael
Owner + Chef, Jane.
“I didn’t want to work for someone else. So I said, ‘you can only live once, you’ve gotta go for it.”
A self-taught cook, Amanda started cooking in—and working her way through restaurants during—college. Once graduated, Amanda headed out to get a “real job,” and hated it. “I was miserable,” she says. “I would come home and cook, I just wanted to be back in the kitchen, so after a couple of years I was like, forget it. I’m going to do what I want to do.” Years later, she found a gorgeous space on Fillmore, and decided to pursue her dreams. Jane was born, and remains a hugely popular Pacific Heights cafe.