Dorothée Pullinger and the Paisley Connection

Dorothée Pullinger, nowadays celebrated for her pioneering work as an engineer, car producer and entrepreneur, has generally been more associated with the Dumfries area of Scotland where she worked after the First World War before moving to London and then Guernsey.However, to understand how…read more



The story of Dorothée Pullinger

Dorothée Pullinger’s extraordinary life and work continues to fascinate cultural researchers and engineering historians, now UWS academics are searching for her Paisley connection. The research was enabled by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award in 2017 for “A Car for Women, and other stories”…read more



A Car for Women in the UWS Annual Review 2017 (p31)

Dr Katherine Kirk, School of Engineering & Computing, and Professor Katarzyna Kosmala and Tony Grace, School of Media, Culture & Society, are joining forces with Pullinger expert and independent researcher Dr Nina Baker, to explore the story of Dorothée Pullinger’s life and achievements as part of an….read more



A Car for Women and Other Stories

‘A Car for Women and Other Stories’ takes up the story of Dorothée Pullinger, a pioneering motor engineer in the 1920s. Dorothée is most famous for designing and building a “Car for Women” at her factory in Galloway, Scotland.  As the director and manager of Galloway Motors, Dorothée recruited a…read more



UWS academics in search of Dorothée Pullinger’s Paisley connection

The extraordinary life and work of the pioneering 1920s motor engineer, Dorothée Pullinger, continues to fascinate and academics at UWS are searching for her Paisley connection. The research was enabled by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award in 2017 for ‘A Car for Women, and other stories’…read more


Changing the Landscape – culture change in Engineering.

In January 2017, the Royal Academy of Engineering conducted a survey to increase understanding of the culture of engineering, the extent to which it is inclusive, and what would make it more so. The Academy would like to thank every individual engineer who responded, and all the organisations that took…read more



WISE tracks progress towards our goal of a critical mass of women working in the UK STEM workforce (30%) through the Labour Force Survey which gives a gender breakdown for different occupations. The latest figures, (August 2015), show that women make up 14.4% of all people working in STEM occupations…read more




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

Engineering Achievements

Dorothée trained under her father at the Arrol-Johnston car works in Paisley. During WW1, Vickers employed her as their Lady Superintendent in charge of…read more



Grace’s Guide: Dorothée Pullinger

Dorothée Aurélie Marianne Pullinger, automobile engineer and businesswoman.

1894 Born in Saint-Aubin-sur-Scie, Seine Inférieure, France, the daughter of T. C. Pullinger and his wife Aurélie Berenice Sitwell

She was educated at Loughborough High School…read more 



Other Sources

BBC Documentary:  Dorothée Pullinger: The woman who built a car for women

British Pathé: Dorothée Pullinger Footage

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics: Education and Training Strategy for Scotland,2017

SFC Gender Action Plan for Colleges and Universities, August 2016

SFC Gender Action Plan: Annual Progress Report, December 2017

Tackling the Technology Gender Gap Together, Digital Scotland, Equate Scotland 2017

Tapping all our Talents. Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: a strategy for Scotland, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Technology Scotland 2017 Skills and Recruitment Survey Results Report

The State of Engineering 2018

The UK STEM Education Landscape

Wes Statistics on Women in Engineering, compiled by Women’s Engineering Society