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Women in Automotive History

Discover the history behind the world's first road trip, see the evolution of the windshield wiper and more with these women in auto history.

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Bertha Benz and her Motorwagen paved the way for modern automobiles.

For over a century, cars and automobiles have been seen as a stereotypically male pastime. But historically, that’s simply not the case. Women have been involved in transportation innovation since the invention of the wheel. In fact, many of the gadgets and gizmos in your car and on the road were first invented by women.

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Automotive history is filled with fascinating stories about women with big ideas and bad luck with patents. No matter how much they might have been overlooked in their time, their innovations and big ideas shape the way we drive to this day. From the fabulously famous to the frequently forgotten, join us in celebrating these female auto pioneers.

Click through this slide show to explore the stories and discoveries of the most important women in automotive history.


Which of these auto pioneers do you think had the biggest impact? Let us know in the comments below! 


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