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Helene Rother & Mimi Vandermolen

By Tina Ormond on Mar 25, 2024 7:24:59 PM

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Celebrating Women's History Month: Helene Rother & Honoring Mimi Vandermolen

Let's take a moment to celebrate the remarkable achievements of women in honor of Women's History Month. This March, we shine a spotlight on two exceptional women who have made significant contributions to the automotive industry: Mimi Vandermolen and Mary Barra.

Helene Rother 

Helene Rother, an innovator in automotive design, emerged as a luminary in the industry  when women's roles were often relegated to the sidelines. In 1943, she made her mark by joining General Motors in Detroit as an automotive designer, specializing primarily in interior design—an area largely overlooked by her male counterparts. However, her talent transcended the automotive realm, extending into diverse fields such as furniture design, jewelry, fashion accessories, and even stained glass windows.

Rother's innovative approach to automotive interior design helped redefine how people interacted with vehicles. Her keen eye for detail and understanding of human ergonomics led to interiors that seamlessly combined style and functionality, setting new standards for the industry.

Beyond her contributions to automotive design, Rother's versatility was evident in her work across various disciplines. Her designs weren't confined to cars; they extended to everyday objects, each reflecting her distinctive aesthetic and meticulous craftsmanship.

Mimi Vandermolen: Pioneering Engineer

Mimi Vandermolen is a forerunner in the automotive world, breaking barriers and paving the way for future generations of women in engineering. Vandermolen embarked on a journey that would see her become one of the most respected figures in the industry.

Vandermolen joined Ford Motor Company as a designer, where her innovative ideas and tireless work ethic quickly earned her the respect of her colleagues. Vandermolen played a pivotal role in along with the growing number of female designers during the late 1960s and early 1970s.


One of Vandermolen's most notable achievements was her design involvement in the iconic 1974 Mustang. Her innovative contributions helped shape the Mustang into the iconic sports car that continues to captivate enthusiasts today.

Women's History Month is the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the extraordinary achievements of Mimi Vandermolen, Mary Barra, and countless other women who have made their mark on the automotive industry. Their contributions remind us that diversity is our greatest strength and that the future of mobility is brighter because of their pioneering efforts.

Career Opportunities

At DeBoer's Auto, we proudly witness the diverse talents of women in our shop. From the front lines of customer support and management to the behind-the-scenes roles in parts and marketing, our team is filled with skilled individuals. If you are a talented individual looking for new opportunities, we encourage you to contact us today! Join our team and be a part of our commitment to excellence.

Tina Ormond

Written by Tina Ormond