Driving feminism in the automotive world
Car enthusiast, Roseann Francis is making waves in a sport dominated by men. The single mother-of-two started Street Society, a budding car club with an intimate group of car enthusiasts in April 2021, which has blossomed into a group of nearly 2 000 members today. The club promotes inclusivity, individuality, charity and what Francis describes as the club’s core value, family.
Francis has always had a passion for cars, a passion she inherited from her father who ensured that her childhood was vastly different from that of other girls at the time, by actively involving her and her younger sister in his fascination with cars.
“Growing up I was more fascinated with cars and enjoyed watching my dad fix his cars. He used to take my sister and I to car shows and enter competitions, and we were his biggest fans,” said Francis.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Francis enjoys sharing her love for cars with her two young boys by taking them along to car events.
Amongst her many other accolades, she has received ‘Best Female’ awards at events such as DubDrive21, Heels and Wheels, as well as at the State of Stance preliminary round which won Francis a spot to display her car at the prestigious, State of Stance event held in June, earlier this year.
“It was also my son’s most exciting moment to see his mum’s car on display amongst the other cars. It was surely a proud mum moment for me (as well),” says Francis.
“My mummy duties never end. Between my job and school runs there’s homework and running a household which I get done all by myself. Most social gatherings (with Street Society) take place on weekends, so it doesn’t interfere with my kids schedule,” she explains.
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Friends and car enthusiasts all describe Francis as a charitable and selfless person who actively uses her platform and popularity to promote small businesses, raise awareness on causes that need attention, and organises charity drives.
Fellow petrol head, Dalwin Callaghan, describes Francis as a ‘truly amazing person,’ saying that, the love she has for the community is amazing.
Her her community-building efforts, are not limited to charitable donations. Dhiresh Mohanlal, a close friend of Francis, says he hopes that Francis’ presence in the sport, will encourage more women to enter the sport.
” I have every hope that Francis will bring draw all women car fanatics to the club, by getting them to venture out and follow their passion, and perhaps live their dreams through cars,” said Mohanlal.
Francis says that while there will always be challenges in the male dominated sport, she does her best to ‘keep it simple and does whatever she can to pave the way for more female car enthusiasts.
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