A collage with text over it for Women's' History Month

Women’s History Month spotlight on the automotive industry

Commemorating women who’ve influenced the automobile industry 

Magnussen’s Toyota extends our warmest wishes to all women. March is Women’s History Month, a time to honor and celebrate the significant contributions that women have made to society, including in the automotive industry. We’re a woman-owned and operated business, so this topic is near and dear to our hearts. Below, we’ve featured three important women who played roles in the history of the auto industry.  

Three notable women in the automotive industry 

The role of women in the auto industry has evolved over the years, with an increasing number of women taking up various roles in design, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and sales. There have been many notable women who have contributed to the automotive industry’s growth and success. Here are three women who have made significant contributions to the field: 

  1. Bertha Benz: in 1888, Bertha Benz made history by completing the first long-distance car journey. She drove her husband’s Benz Patent Motorwagen from Mannheim to Pforzheim, covering a distance of 106 km, to prove the car’s reliability and promote it. 
  2. Mary Anderson: Mary Anderson was an American inventor who developed the first windshield wiper in 1903. Her invention was an essential safety feature that improved visibility while driving in rainy or snowy conditions, and it quickly became standard equipment in cars.
  3. Denise McCluggage: Denise McCluggage was an American race-car driver, journalist, and photographer. She was one of the first women to compete in professional motorsports in the United States and won several races, including the GT class at the 1961 12 Hours of Sebring. She later became a journalist, covering motorsports for various publications, including Sports Illustrated. 

Two notable women in computer science and mathematics 

The communities around San Francisco Bay are well known for their contributions to computer sciences. We’re happy to live in such a technologically advanced age and to be located in the Bay area, where many advancements are continually made. For that reason, we’d like to highlight two of the women who played crucial roles in this field. 

  1. Ada Lovelace: Born in 1815, Ada is considered to be the first computer programmer. She was an English mathematician and writer, and she is best known for her work on the Analytic Engine. Lovelace recognized the potential of this technology to do more than just basic arithmetic, and she wrote the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Her work laid the foundation for modern computer programming. 
  2. Grace Hopper: Hopper, born in 1906, was an American computer scientist and US Navy rear admiral. Hopper is credited with the development of the first compiler, a program that translates source code into machine code. This invention revolutionized programming, as it allowed programmers to write in high-level languages rather than machine code.  
A collage for Women's History Month

Women-owned business in Palo Alto, CA 

Magnussen’s Toyota is the only women-owned and operated dealership in the San Francisco Bay area. We’re thankful for all of the women on our team, as well as the women in our community. We hope everyone will take some time this month to celebrate women’s history—Let’s’ celebrate our mothers, sisters, daughters, and every woman in our life who’s making the world a better place.