Betsy Ancker-Johnson Broke a Glass Ceiling as a GM Vice President

At her junior high school in Indianapolis, Betsy Ancker announced she would take shop class rather than home economics. The school’s principal, a woman, wouldn’t allow it—and consigned her to cooking and sewing. On her own, she learned to fix bicycles and once nearly electrocuted herself while trying to repair a toaster. Betsy Ancker-Johnson,…

At her junior high school in Indianapolis, Betsy Ancker announced she would take shop class rather than home economics. The school’s principal, a woman, wouldn’t allow it—and consigned her to cooking and sewing.

On her own, she learned to fix bicycles and once nearly electrocuted herself while trying to repair a toaster.

Betsy Ancker-Johnson,…

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