Women car designers and cars for women: the Arrol Galloway and the Volvo YCC

Nina Baker

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This is the tale of two cars for women in two centuries. One was a prototype design and the other went into production. This is the tale of a hidden history, a whisper of silent sources and a song of unsung heroines. Dorothee Pullinger's career as an aero and auto engineer is an example to us all of blithe disregard for convention and of successful self-education. She was an active engineer and business woman in the first half of the twentieth century. You may recently have seen in the media that a team of women at Volvos have designed a car for women, widely hailed as a first. A great success for them but not a first by any means. This paper will compare the two stories of two cars for women at the beginnings of their respective centuries.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
Publication statusUnpublished - Sep 2005
EventAnnual conference of the Women's Engineering Society - York
Duration: 1 Sep 2005 → …


ConferenceAnnual conference of the Women's Engineering Society
Period1/09/05 → …


  • concept car
  • concept design
  • car design
  • femail engineers
  • cars for women
  • Arrol Galloway
  • Volvo YCC

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