Courtesy of Jalopnik: At 13 years old, Aurora Straus enrolled in racing school. Things weren’t going well early on, so an instructor offered extra help. He soon declared to her that it wasn’t Straus’ fault she was developing a little slower than others—“because she was a girl,” he said, she’d never be as aggressive as she needed to be.
Straus was crushed. Being from New York, she was used to a more accepting mindset—not one that told her she couldn’t do something because of her gender or the way she looked. For her, she said, the stereotyping was a big shock.
It’s safe to say that in the years since, she’s proved her detractors wrong, while they motivated her to be faster and better.