A new ride hailing service near Los Angeles caters exclusively to women. Billed as an alternative to Uber and Lyft, it is Called See Jane Go. It is owned by women. All its drivers are women. And it only transports woman passengers. Children are welcome, but men are not allowed in its cars unless accompanied by a woman who will vouch for them.
See Jane Go is the brainchild of Savannah Jordan, 18, of San Juan Capistrano. Her father, William Jordan, founded the company after she and her sister expressed interest in ride hailing and even working for companies like Uber and Lyft. “The one thing that I love about See Jane go is that it really does feel like family. We’re like a girlfriend,” Jordan said. “You’re not going to feel anxious when you’re getting into this car. It’s going to feel so comfortable to you.”
The service will get underway in Orange County by the end of the summer. It has plans to expand to other major cities later. Applicants must submit to a a DMV and criminal background check. Debra LeClerc was the first to apply to be a See Jane Go driver. She says she likes being a driver because she wants to meet people. “I’m a people person. And I like the idea of women driving for women.”
See Jane Go is similar to the female ride-hailing company, Safeher, based in Boston. According to its website, “SafeHer was born to provide a simple solution to an all-to-common problem: reducing violence against women in the ride-share space. SafeHer’s proprietary background checks will set a new safety standard in the industry, and its technological features will revolutionize how we view ride-share.A percentage of the proceeds from every ride will go to a charity of the passenger’s choice. Join us in this movement.”
So far, no one seems to have considered the legal ramifications of all this. Suffice to say if a similar service refused to allow women to use their vehicles, there would be howls of protests from women’s organizations. I just had this discussion with my wife, who is a committed feminist. Suffice to say, we agree to disagree on this topic. But whether a company that serves the public can legally exclude one part of society based solely on gender is something I think the courts would be very uncomfortable with.
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Source: CBS Channel 2 Los Angeles