This past weekend was an historic one for motor racing, as the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) combined their forces to hold the first-ever motorsport conference for women.
The conference was held in Vierumäki, Finland, and aimed to bring conversation around women empowerment, leadership, women’s role in the industry, and the future task of involving girls in motorsports.
The two-day event saw nearly 40 speakers (mostly women) from 25 countries and 5 continents sharing their stories and experiences in motorsport.
This conference is a natural extension of the recent efforts put forth by the FIM & FIA to encourage more women to join the ranks of motorsport, both on and off the track.
The hope is that the experiences shared by the female competitors and industry efforts will help open the doors for future generations of motorsport competitors and fans.
As we have seen at the highest levels of motorcycle racing, women are starting to break through the once male-only fields of competition.
The hope is that conferences like this recent one will help continue to fuel that growth, which is important as the two-wheeled world aims to expand its borders into the other 50% of the world’s population.