Since it is Women’s Month, why not highlight the incredible and iconic women who have made a name for themselves in the automotive industry? Let’s take a closer look at some of these influential women.

Bertha Benz

Many believed that engineer Karl Benz took full credit for bringing the first automobile to life back in 1886. This was actually a joint effort between Karl and his wife, Bertha Benz. They were partners, with Bertha taking full control of the business side of the venture and providing the majority of the initial funding. She drove 66 miles across Germany, which was a pivotal move in gaining public attention to the invention.

Margaret Wilcox

If it weren’t for her, you would not be sitting warm and comfortable in your car in the midst of winter with the heater on. In 1893, she came up with the idea of routing the hot air from the engine compartment into the inside of the car, which ultimately formed the framework for today’s modern heating systems.

Helene Rother

This remarkable lady was one of the very first females to work as an automotive designer. She designed many interiors for the Nash-brand vehicles. She inspired many through her way of transforming the basic interiors into designs that were more elegant and user-friendly.

Mary Anderson

If you own a car, you know the important role that windshield wipers play in clearing your vision on a rainy day. Mary created her very own window cleaning device which was used from inside the car and used a handle to clean the windshield.

Denise McCluggage

Denise entered the automotive industry as a race car driver and competed professionally which earned her multiple first-place trophies at many well-known and famous motorsports venues. She also had experience in journalism, which she eventually used to find and edit America’s very first motorsports weekly, which was named “Competition Press”. It is safe to say that she was born with fuel running through her veins!

Lisa Drake

Lisa acquired an impressive engineering degree and has worked for Ford in their e Global Hybrid and Electric Vehicle department as chief engineer. She has held many other high level positions in the company and continues to make waves in the world of electric vehicles.

Mary Barra

Mary is by far one of the most influential women in the entire world, and owns the title of Chair and Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, and started there in 2014. She has played a huge role in helping the brand move towards a zero-emissions future. She is also the first woman to head one of America’s “Big Three” auto companies. Very impressive!

There are millions of other women making history in the automotive industry, and we cannot wait to hear their stories in the future.