Henry Ford is a household name and yet his wife, Clara Ford was "Mrs. Henry Ford pulled strings with the Michigan state government and got Buchman the use of a large Mackinac Island resort hotel facility for one dollar per year."
I have heard that it was Clara who supported the workers' right and her influence changed the worker's pay and benefits.
Henry Ford was an innovator and the woman behind him, I believe has been sadly overlooked for her real contribution.
If Henry Ford had followed his personal beliefs for support of Hitler, the world would be a different place. I believe Clara softened his views and kept him focused upon innovation rather than politics and in the end made the world a better place - free of racism, antisemitism and boosted industrialism and forever changed commerce throughout the world.
Sadly, there has been very little documentation of the woman behind the man - the man who is credited with the first horseless carriage, the man whose goal was to make a car for the multitude, a man who held some incredulous ideas about the uselessness of history, and a man who openly supported Hitler.
Ford was a mechanical genius who knew it was a global market and understood productivity and literally invented the industrial production line.
The influence of Mrs. Ford behind the scenes is something I wish we knew more about.
I would like to hear/read more about her involvement in world history. I believe the world would have a different opinion of women and greater respect for the female gender - if we only truly knew her influence.