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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: March 30th, 2012
Wipe out! Woman-made windshield wipers

It’s Fashion Friday, but I had to tell everyone about something that goes way beyond fashion. Esurance brought it to my attention that Mary Anderson patented the windshield wiper in 1903. So, to close out March and Women’s History Month, here’s a salute to women and  Esurance’s research into female automotive pioneers:

  • Alice Huyler Ramsey is the first woman inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. She drove 3,600 miles across the country and was her own mechanic.
  • Silent film star Florence Lawrence (who grew up in Buffalo, New York) 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 successful career as a French jewelry designer landed her a job with General Motors to craft elegant interior designs.

Esurance pointed out that women didn’t have the right to vote when the first vehicles rolled off the assembly line, but we were ready to improve them. For more great fun, visit the Esurance blog. It’s some great stuff on women and cars. Special thanks to Anne May Navarrete of Esurance for letting me know all this great stuff. And to Kate Rezucha for researching and sharing.

Something else I learned this month on CBS “Sunday Morning”:  Actress diva Hedy Lamarr had a role in creating wireless phones, torpedo launchers and much more . She even has a patent. Yes THAT Hedy Lamarr. Check out her story.

Take a few minutes to salute all the women who paved the way for the rest of us.

 

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