From the Editor's Desk: This came across our desks and we just had to pass it along. Enjoy!
March is Women’s History Month and what better way for a car insurance company to celebrate than by honoring some significant women in automotive history? Esurance did a little digging and revealed the following list of automotive pioneers:
- Next time you flick on your wipers, thank Mary Anderson, who was granted a patent for the windshield wiper in 1903
- Alice Huyler is the first woman inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame
- Silent film star Florence Lawrence invented turn signals and brake lights
- On New Year’s Day 1915, Wilma K. Russey became the first female New York City taxi driver
- In 1943, Helene Rother became the first female automotive designer. A French jewelry designer, she was hired by General Motors to fashion elegant interior designs.
Considering that at the dawn of the automobile era, women didn’t have the right to vote and were often deemed fragile and timid — certainly not capable of running (or repairing) heavy machinery — we really have come a long way, baby. Read more about these game-changers on the Esurance blog.