Ride sharing

All-women driving service created in Paris so that women can ‘be transported in peace’

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A woman has founded a new driving service in Paris that is made up entirely of women drivers in order to prove that “transporting people is not a profession reserved for men, and that women have the right to be transported in peace,” according to French news outlet Le Figaro. Sarra Boubchir, the company’s founder, said she thought of the idea for the all-female driving service after being kicked out of a car by a male driver who tried to hit on her, then grew upset after she refused him.

According to the company’s website, the women exclusively drive Mercedes C-Class coupes that come equipped with water bottles, makeup kits, and computer tablets. And while the luxury service is meant to provide women with a safe and private means of transportation, Boubchir has said that there are no restrictions on men riding as well, if they so choose.

The project is one of a number of riding services for women that have popped up in recent years, including See Jane Go in Orange County and Long Beach, California, and Boston’s Safr, which hopes to “improve the lives of women everywhere through safe transportation, job creation, and financial security.” With the rise of ride-sharing apps such as Uber, a company that has become infamous for sexism and saw one of its drivers arrested for sexual assault and kidnapping in June, it can only benefit women to have more options — both as drivers, and as passengers.

Read the full story at Condé Nast Traveler.

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