Women’s History Month and Ford Mustang
The term “Muscle Car” comes with certain assumptions. The roar of the engine, the confident styling, the thrilling performance–these all hold a purely masculine appeal, right? Well, not exactly. And to acknowledge the significant roles women have played during the history of the company, Ford is celebrating Women’s History Month in conjunction with the 2015 Mustang.
It may come as a surprise, for example, that the first Ford Mustang ever bought was by a woman. Gail Brown, a Chicago schoolteacher, bought the first Mustang in April of 1964, two days before it was set to go on sale. More remarkably, she still owns it.
Or did you know that the vehicle line director for the 50th Anniversary Mustang is a woman? Marcy Fisher has worked as an engineer for Ford since 1986, where she now oversees all elements of the new Mustang’s design and release. She has been a major player in the auto industry for some time, having been named among the 100 Leading Women in the Automotive Industry by Automotive News two times. This recognition should really be no surprise, though; she also oversees production of the Explorer, Taurus, and several other models, in addition to her role in the development of the Mustang.
When you drive a Mustang, that indescribable feeling comes courtesy of Michele Lubin Henney, who serves as Mustang’s vehicle integration supervisor. She deals specifically with how the car sounds, how it feels during transit, and fuel economy, hoping to capture a singularly exhilarating driving experience.
Many of the most striking features of any Mustang are its paintjob and interior design, and these decisions fall on the desk of Susan Lampinen, Chief Color and Materials Designer. She selects the array of different paint colors and high-grade cabin materials that are instantly attractive to Mustang drivers, giving one of the world’s more distinctive muscle cars its iconic look.
No vehicle reaches fifty years of production without providing mass appeal, and the Mustang is certainly no different. When the Mustang is released later this year at Harbin Automotive in Scottsboro, AL, it will have been with the help and guidance of many women over the years. So, it only seems natural to celebrate them: To the beautiful 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang, and to all the women who helped make it possible, we at Harbin Auto salute you!