Dorothée Aurélie Marianne Pullinger (1894-1986), engineer and pioneering businesswoman


From the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame

Pullinger was the first person, and certainly the first woman car designer, to see both the need for a different design of car for women drivers and also the design and engineering solutions to bring that about commercially. She remains to this day the only person to design and take into production a car specifically designed with women drivers in mind.

She achieved this, and more, at a time when men dominated engineering and industry, and working women were often regarded as “stealing a man’s job”. A woman of remarkable resilience and talent, a leader in recruiting women into engineering during wartime, an MBE at the age of 26, a founder of the Women’s Engineering Society in 1919, an accomplished engineer in her own right, and a pioneer and inspiration for women in engineering.