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