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March 31, 2016

@AskPatty Salutes Great #Women in Automotive History: Helene Rother


Helene Rother (1908-1999) was a French designer of jewelry and fashion accessories who fled Nazi-occupied France with her seven-year-old daughter Ina in 1942.

She was the first woman to work as an automotive designer when she joined the interior styling staff of General Motors in Detroit in 1943, and later worked for Nash Motors where she consulted on the interior of the Nash Rambler. Eventually, she opened her own design studio in Detroit's Fisher Building, where she specialized in designs for automotive interiors, furniture, and stained glass windows.

According to Hemmings Car Collector Magazine, "She was one of the few women to succeed in a man's job during an era when the vast majority of women couldn't even see a glass ceiling because it was hidden behind steel doors."

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