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International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here are a few facts about women and motoring history.

by Jemima Lewis



1888 – Bertha Benz took the first documented long-distance trip in a car; the first person to ever do so.

1897 – The first woman in England to drive her own car was actress Minnie Palmer.

1900 – Vera Hedges Butler was the first woman to pass her driving test in Paris – driving tests weren’t compulsory in the UK until 1935.

1903 – Mary Anderson invented windscreen wipers, which became standard on most vehicles by 1916.

1915 – Mrs G Duncan was the first female bus conductor in London.

1923 – Dorothée Aurélie Pullinge was the first female car designer; and the first female member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers.

1962 – The British Women Racing Driving Club was established by Mary Wheeler MBE.

1974 – Jill Viner became London Transport’s first female bus driver.

1976-78 – Formula 1 saw its first British female driver, Divina Galicia, who competed for Surtess, Hesketh.

2010 – 64% of women in the UK (16.3 million) now hold a driving licence.

Jemima Lewis

Hi I’m Jemima! I'm a new member of the Veygo team! Since passing my driving test I drive everywhere and love the freedom it gives me!

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