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Future Danicas?

Future Danicas?

Motegi, Japan

With all said in the previous photo caption about the sad state of affairs for many women in Japan, if not most of them, this photo is encouraging ... Imagine what these little girls, who attended the Honda 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, must have been thinking when Danica Patrick crossed the finish line in first place and won the race! It's very possible that they didn't even realize that the #7 Motorola race car was being piloted by a female ... And to see that car win, then to see its driver remove her helmet and there was a GIRL under all that Nomex and fiberglass, well, I'm just sorry we weren't there in-person to see the crowd's reaction, especially the reaction of the women in the grandstands. It's impossible to overstate the differences between Japan and the US when it comes to matters concerning women, in every aspect of our societies. But Japan's love of All Things American and their hero-worship mentality, combined with Patrick's win, the first-ever for a woman, perhaps had to happen in Japan to have a very specific effect on that society. We says "It's all good".

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