Leota Carroll Working in Ford Motor Company Design Department, June 1945

Summary

Leota Carroll was the first woman hired into Ford Motor Company’s Design Department. Carroll, a talented illustrator, joined the company during World War II -- a time when most men were off fighting. Her success prompted Ford to hire other women onto its design staff. These pioneering designers left by 1948. Ford didn’t hire another woman at its studio full time until 1970.

Leota Carroll was the first woman hired into Ford Motor Company’s Design Department. Carroll, a talented illustrator, joined the company during World War II -- a time when most men were off fighting. Her success prompted Ford to hire other women onto its design staff. These pioneering designers left by 1948. Ford didn’t hire another woman at its studio full time until 1970.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

29 June 1945

Subject Date

29 June 1945

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.189.20860

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 11 in

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