The internet erupted in outrage over comments made by Stirling Moss on women and their ability to compete with men in auto racing.

I decided to see what history had to say on the subject. Looking back 100 years, it seems women were very active in auto racing. Even more so than they are now.

It appears it wasn’t uncommon for them to openly challenge men in races. They competed with one another globally for a racing title, Queen of Racing World.

While this isn’t by any means a full historical account of women in racing, these few newspaper stories (1914-1918) provide an interesting perspective on what auto racing looked like for women 90+ years ago.