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Damyanti Gupta: First female engineer with an advanced degree at Ford Motor Company
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Time


Time, June 1, 2018
Posted: September 23rd, 2018
http://time.com/collection-post/5296993/damyanti-gupta-first...

I was born in a small town in British India. One of the bloodiest partitions in the history of the world took place in my country. In 1947, the British had finally left India, which led to a division of the country into India and Pakistan. There were riots everywhere, and, when I was 5, we had to flee in the middle of the night to the coastal town of Karachi. It wasnt until I was 13 that I even heard the word engineer. The Prime Minister of India [Jawaharlal Nehru] visited my small city. He said, after 200 years of British rule, India has no industry and that we need engineers. I was the first woman admitted to the engineering college that I attended in India. There wasnt even a ladies room on the campus. At 19, I came across a biography of Henry Ford, and I started dreaming about one day working for the company he had built. After finishing college in India, my parents gave me their lifetime savings to help me fulfill my dream. I arrived in the Motor City, Detroit, Mich., in January of 1967 without snow boots, a warm jacket, or a car. The first time I applied to Ford, I wasnt hired, but I didnt give up. When I tried again a few months later, the HR person was confused. He looked at my resume and said, Youre applying for an engineering job, but we have no females here. I told him, Im here, and unless you hire me, youll never have any. It worked. I became the first female with a Masters in Engineering ever hired by the Ford Motor Company.

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