Women’s Empowerment Zone

No Pay Differential Here

Traditionally, at least in New York City, a very small percentage of taxi drivers have been female. There certainly are women out there driving, and making a living, and with no pay differential. But, for any number of logical reasons, when it comes to making decent money, women have not gravitated to the transportation industry the way men have.


After many years in the taxi industry I would say the greatest barrier to entry for women has been the traditional twelve hour shift. Traditional family obligations, especially when it comes to children, have limited male/female diversity.


After generations of initiatives have been introduced to support women in the workplace, what could be the biggest game changer for women in the taxi and livery world is the UBER and Lyft APP revolution.


The Apps allow:

  • complete time management.
  • Immediate work breaks.
  • It has opened the door for anyone with a driver’s license, male/female, college students, stay at home moms/dads to navigate a professional driving career and family needs like never before.

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Modern day multi-tasking is greatly supported with the App driver’s ability to drop the kids off at school, and then spend five or six hours shuttling passengers around town and then pick up the kids, stop at the market, the cleaners etc. Bring the kids home for supper, or just drop them off with a partner at home and back out on the road.



If you have ever thought about what it would be like to cruise the streets of New York City and gain the perspective of a professional driver. To be able to see the City in the morass of rush hour or the iconic desolation of the early morning hours, Master Cabbie can help you!


  • We can help you file your applications
  • Schedule the required training
  • Shcedule the required exam
  • Help you find a car to drive when you get your license


Women of Note In The Transporation Industry

Meera Joshi

Meera Joshi has served New York City residents in City government for more than a decade.  Most recently, she was the Deputy Commissioner of Legal Affairs and General Counsel for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.  During her tenure she developed regulatory frameworks for over thirty initiatives which significantly improved for-hire transportation service in New York City.  These included such initiatives as enhancements to the in-taxi technology, including the ability to pay fares by smart phone; accessible dispatch to connect persons who use wheelchairs to wheelchair accessible taxis, and rules implementing the Street Hail Livery (green cab) program.  Commissioner Joshi was also a principal architect of a settlement with disability advocates that will result in a 50% wheelchair accessible taxi fleet by the year 2020, making New York City’s fleet the most accessible in the nation by far.

Commissioner Joshi received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and resides with her family in Brooklyn.


Diane McGrath-Mckechnie

In August 1996 Mayor Giuliani appointed Diane McGrath-McKechnie as Chair of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. This office is responsible for the development and improvement of taxi and limousine service in New York City. It is also responsible for establishing certain rates and standards, as well as an overall public transportation policy governing taxi, coach, car and wheelchair-accessible van services. From February 1994 to August 1996, Ms. McGrath-McKechnie served as Commissioner of the Community Development Agency. This agency is responsible for administering the Community Service Block Grant, an approximately $50,000,000 fund that is divided among the City’s forty-four Neighborhood Development Areas.

Fatima Ais

Fatima Ais is the only woman to direct one of New York City’s major TLC Licensed Schools.  A native of Algeria, she became a US Citizen while in her early days at Master Cabbie’s Taxi Academy and has moved up through the ranks becoming instrumental in perfecting the processes through which programs delivered by Master Cabbie are brought to fruition.

In her capacity as Executive Director, she is liaison between the company and the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission Office of Driver Education.  She is an expert on driver’s issues, especially, returning drivers who often do not need to attend classes.  

A long-time resident of Brooklyn Fatima (Faty, as her friends call her) is one of the greatest examples of the multi ethnic tapestry of the New York City Taxi & Livery industry. Ms. Ais has taken the lead in reaching out to the Arab communities, convincing the company’s ownership to invest in outreach on Arabic Television as well as African Radio.



Other Women Who Helped Shape New York

Eleanor Roosevelt

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat and activist. She was born in New York City’s Manhattan and was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, having held the post from March 1933 to April 1945.  Her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s, who was also Governor of New York State, served four terms in office, and served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements.

Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Anita Chisholm, born in Brooklyn, NY was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became a trailblazer when elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.


Claire Shulman

Claire K. Shulman is an American politician. She was the borough president of Queens, New York City from 1986 until 2002; the first woman to have held this position in Queens history.

Bella Abzug

Nicknamed “Battling Bella“, Bella Abzug was an American Lawyer, US Representative, social activist and a leader of the Women’s Movement. In 1971, Abzug joined other leading feminists such as Gloria Steinem, Shirley Chisholm, and Betty Friedan to found the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Abzug declared, “This woman’s place is in the House—the House of Representatives,” in her successful 1970 campaign.







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