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Woman of the Month - Bertha Benz

Ever heard of a little car company called Mercedes Benz? Today we honor the CRAZY co-founding entrepreneur, Bertha Benz. That’s right, one of the co-founders of Mercedes Benz, the source of the seed money, and the mind behind the marketing, was a woman. Bertha Ringer married Karl Benz in 1872 and the source of funds for starting Mercedes Benz was Bertha’s dowry. After the first Mercedes Benz car was patented, it was Bertha who decided that the best way to demonstrate the reliability of the new car was to have a woman drive it cross country. So she left Manheim at home and travelled with just her children in the car. Along the way, she needed to make repairs: The fuel lines were fixed using her hat pin, she used her garter to repair the ignition, she hired a blacksmith to repair the drive chain, and when the brakes stopped working she had a cobbler attach leather strips to the brake shoes, thereby inventing brake linings. Her journey brought the Mercedes Benz “Motorwagen” international attention and its first sales. The route Bertha drove on that initial journey is now officially called the Bertha Benz Memorial Route. In 1925 Carl Benz wrote in his memoirs “Only one person remained with me in the small ship of life when it seemed destined to sink. That was my wife. Bravely and resolutely she set the new sails of hope”. Crazy Woman Cellars celebrates this incredible visionary who was one of the founders of the automobile industry.

Woman of the Month - Wang Zhenyi

We honor the CRAZY and AMAZING Wang Zhenyi. This badass woman was a famous scientist and astronomer during the Qing Dynasty. Born in 1768 in China, at a time when women were largely forbidden from reading, she was self taught in advanced mathematics and astronomy. She was also an accomplished...

Woman of the Month - Truus Wijsmuller

C R A Z Y Protective - We celebrate Truus Wijsmuller, who devoted her life to rescuing Jewish children from the Nazis.  She delighted in caring for others, and even though she could not have any children of her own, she became a mother to thousands.  She volunteered with multiple...

Woman of the Month - Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu, The Nightingale of India, was an Indian political activist, poet, and first Indian woman to be president of the Indian National Congress . Naidu was born February 13, 1879 in Hyderabad, India.  Following her studies and work as a suffragist in England, Naidu became interested in Indian National...

Woman of the Month - Hedy Lamarr

Actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr (née Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) was born on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria. She appeared in 30 films during her 28 year film career.At the start of WWII, Lamarr, along with with George Anthiell, developed a radio guidance system using frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology...

Woman of the Month - Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1820 or 1821. At a young age she suffered a severe head injury and suffered seizures the rest of her life. She escaped slavery in 1850 and worked as a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad in Maryland. She was illiterate, but employed coded songs...

Woman of the Month - Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, born February 4, 1913, is best known for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger on December 1, 1955. Parks' fight for equality was measured over a lifetime.  Parks joined the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP in 1943, serving as the...

Women of the Month - Marina Raskova

Marina Raskova was the first women aviator in combat and founded the Night Witches. The Night Witches were a Russian combat unit in World War 2, and played a major role in the surrender of the Nazis. Raskova assembled over 1,000 female pilots who flew tiny planes made of plywood with no...