Chaya M. Milchtein

Contributing Writer, Via

Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, journalist, and speaker as well as the founder of Mechanic Shop Femme, a car education site. She’s made it her life’s mission to educate women and LGBT people about their cars.

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Her work has also appeared on Real Simple, Salon, and USA Today.


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