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Women's History Month: 5 Automotive Trailblazers

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 Picture1 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.  




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Bill Chapin

The name of the first woman inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame is Alice Huyler Ramsey.

Heidi Richards Mooney

I absolutely love reading about women's accomplishments, especially those that for quite a while we never heard of. Thank you for this post and for all you do to further women's interests.

Of course, you are familiar with the blog - she and you share something in common you both received the 100 Women in Ecommerce 2012 award!

Keep on doing what you do.

Warmest regards,

Heidi Richards Mooney

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