As part of Women’s History Month, the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center will host automotive educator Chaya Milchtein, who will present a workshop on car maintenance on Wednesday, March 29. The session, which is a part of the Women’s Center’s series “Grown-ish: Skills for Life,” will happen over Zoom at 4 p.m.
Milchtein, who will be discussing “The Whys and Whens of Car Maintenance,” serves as president of Mechanic Shop Femme, an organization that offers education for the average consumer, but especially for women and members of the LGBTQI community who may feel intimidated by the idea of car repair.
Milchtein refers to herself as a “mechanic interpreter,” someone who can help people better understand their cars. Her mission is to demystify cars for people, explaining that it is important to know why something needs to be done. She states: “Understanding how to maintain your car often starts with the why: Why does this need to be done? Once someone understands the importance, they’re more likely to avoid putting it off or skipping it altogether.”
Milchtein uses her platform, which includes a blog and accounts on Instagram and TikTok, to empower people and to explore her passions for plus-size fashion, body acceptance, queer life and the basics of car care.