Women have a reputation for being back seat drivers. Could this be because they frequently have to take a back seat? Interesting how our language is used to say one thing, while meaning something quite different.
A back-seat-driver is one with lots of firm opinions, but without the responsibility for implementing those opinions. In an inversion of the original, a back-seat-driver is someone who is heard but not seen. One can be a back-seat-driver from the passenger’s seat.
Women frequently find themselves consigned to the back seat. Someone else, who speaks louder, enters the room, and poof! Occasionally, one who is consigned to the back seat, takes on the role of back-seat-driver. Peter Costello and Paul Keating come to mind!
Our intrepid back-seat-drivers are contributing to the forward progress of their vehicle, which is more than can be said for one of the front-seat-drivers, wired for sound as she is.