Why I Drive: Meet the Women Who Move Us
Over the next 5 years we are committed to partnering with 1,000,000 women drivers, accelerating economic opportunity for women around the globe.
Here in the Bay Area, we are doubling down on our commitment to economic empowerment. Ahead of Equal Pay Day, we’re excited to partner with Dress for Success San Francisco*–an organization committed to women’s empowerment–to support the women in our local communities.
THIS WEEKEND, EVERY UBER TRIP YOU TAKE WILL HELP WOMEN WITHIN YOUR COMMUNITY. JUST ENTER THE CODE SFSUCCESS, AND WE’LL DONATE $1 TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS SF FOR EACH RIDE TAKEN IN THE BAY AREA AND SACRAMENTO.**
So who are the amazing women behind the wheel here in the Bay? They may live in different cities, with different life stories, but there’s one common thread that weaves them all together: opportunity.
Meet The Women Who Move Us
“I drive because… Everybody has a story to share. Life is just beautiful… everyone gets a 5 in my car, whether they want to talk or not.”
Hometown: I lived in Ghana for 21 years, before moving to the US 18 years ago. I became a citizen two years ago, and live in Berkeley.
How long have you been driving with Uber? December of 2013.
Why did you decide to partner with Uber? I have a friend who drives with Uber. My car broke down, we started looking for a car and I thought, “there’s no way I can afford this.” Then, he told me about Uber, and how the income would allow me to afford the car. I bought it, and the next day, he helped me apply with Uber.
Has Uber impacted your life?I’m so grateful for this company. I teach a dance class once a week, and I am now studying to be a nurse. I love taking care of people, it’s absolutely my passion, and I get to do that now in the car and through my studies. I’ve worked two jobs for 14 years, and was able to cut down on the hours because of Uber. I’ve been able to pay for my son’s studies, and do studying of my own.
What do you enjoy most about driving with Uber? I was honestly shocked when I heard about Uber. I was just like, “Woah, this is amazing!” We have individuals working reasonable, flexible hours, who work to help their community by getting people where they need to be. It’s just great. If I can talk to one person, put a smile on one person’s face, it just makes my day feel good.
When you’re not driving, how do you spend your time? Ashkenaz, a live world music and dance venue here in Berkeley, is my second home. I’ve worked here since 1997 as a bartender. I also teach dance and spend time with my son. He’s 22, and I’m so proud of him.
“I drive because… My family depends on the income.”
Hometown: I’m originally from the Philippines, but now I live in Alameda.
How long have you been driving with Uber? Since June of 2014, so almost a year.
Why did you decide to partner with Uber? I had quit my job in Accounts Payable when my daughter was born a year and a half ago. We ran out of funds, and I needed a part-time job. My dad suggested Uber, and I’ve been driving ever since.
Has Uber impacted your life? It definitely has impacted my life. It helps us financially… it was a struggle after a few months of not working and the Uber paycheck helps. Also, I am a stay-at-home mom—which I am grateful for—but Uber allows me to have my “me” time, and have conversations with people, and other adults. My dad, brother, and other family members drive too.
What do you enjoy most about driving with Uber? People share their stories, I share mine. It’s a great place to connect. It’s also funny—people really enjoy having a female driver… so many people tell me I’m their first female driver, and they get really excited about it. I’m glad to be a part of that. Finally, it’s really inspiring. I hear people talk about their jobs, what’s going on with the economy, what’s happening in the community… it actually has made me think about going back to school in a few years.
Do you feel safe driving with Uber? I’ve always felt really safe. The people that use Uber are very cool, chill people. I’ve never felt threatened. When I started driving with Uber, I only drove in Oakland at night and felt really safe even then. I think knowing that the rating system and the fact that they are identified within the app keeps them accountable.
*Dress for Success is an organization whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.
** Uber will donate $1 for each trip taken using the code “SFSUCCESS” from noon PST on April 10, 2015 to 11:59 pm PST on April 11, 2015. Donations will be capped at $10,000.
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