Women have not really gotten so much attention in the auto world .People still marvel when they see female mechanics especially here in Nigeria,because its a rare occurrence .
But there are women that have helped shape the history of cars to what we see today .
Its time for us to learn about them,lets go !.
In 1902 Mary Anderson invented the first windshield wiper . Before her invention, people rubbed a mixture of onions and carrots on windshields to repel water.
Around 1913, actress Florence Lawrence invented the first turn signal or “auto signaling arm” which attached to the car’s rear fender.
The first female taxi driver in recorded history is Wilma K. Russey.She started as early as 1915.Its also said that she was an expert at automotive repairs .
In 1943, Helene Rother became the first female automotive designer. She was a French jewelry designer, she got hired by General Motors to fashion elegant interior designs.
She spent 4 years with GM before moving on to join Nash-Kevinator (part of present-day Chrysler), working on most of the automaker’s cars from 1948 to 1956.
In 1951, she became the first woman to address the Society of Automotive Engineers and was awarded the Jackson Medal for excellence of design.
Janet Guthrie was the first woman to qualify and race in both the Indy 500 and the Daytona 500. She has been inducted in both the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and her racing suit and helmet are on display at the Smithsonian Institution, a further honor.
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