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August 29, 2017

Even though women make up about 60 percent of taxi passengers around the world, that number does is not mirrored in the front seat.

According to one study, 86 percent of Uber drivers are male. And another estimates that 98 percent of taxi drivers in the U.K. are male. In an effort to counteract industry trends, a new women-only taxi service has started operations in Paris.

Women Drive promises women in Paris transportation “without prying eyes or indelicate questions.”

The company’s founder, Sarra Boubchir, told Le Figaro that Women Drive’s goal is “to prove that transporting people is not a job reserved for men, and that women have the right to be transported in complete peace.”

In addition to a female driver, each car ride comes with water bottles, makeup kits, and computer tablets in the back seat.

Some of the company’s services are specifically designed for tourists: All of the drivers are multilingual, and they can also act as personal concierge or shoppers for those visiting Paris. Cars are available for short rides, by the hour or for the entire day.

The car service is available to book online.

Although a women-only taxi service is not unique, Women Drive is the first option for women in France. Similar services are also available in Australia, London and New York City.

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