While addressing the design of his Dream Cars in 1956, Harley Earl wrote:

"Of all the useful and beautiful products designed by Stylists, the best known and most appreciated is the American automobile, which ranks second only to women's fashions in the attention given to changing and improving its appearance."

In a Jan., 2006 conversation with Larry Falloon, who worked at GM Design for over 30 years and is now currently a consultant to the GM Heritage Center, he made the following remark on the man who was first to introduce women to high paying jobs within the auto industry, "it's well documented that long before it's time, Harley Earl was first to hire openly gay men and women designers to come work for GM Styling."

Advancing professional women up inside Detroit's auto world was another one of Harley Earl's bold risk-taking moves. No doubt Sue Vanderbilt was repaying him [Earl] to a certain degree when she told it like is in a New York Mirror news story (featured in its entirety below):

  "Harley Earl once said that design dragged engineering kicking and screaming into the 20th Century."

Sue Vanderbilt shines bright with her one-off design drawings of the Cadillac Saxony.

GM Styling Section Press Release:

FOR RELEASE: MONDAY, MAY 27, 1957

The young lady shown above has a job which no other woman can claim – she designs Cadillacs.

And, Sue Vanderbilt, designer in the Cadillac Interior and Color Studio of the General Motors Styling Section in Detroit loves her work. Her job is to bring the woman’s influence to bear in the interior design of Cadillac automobiles and the fine touch of her artistry will be felt in the design of future Cadillacs.

Miss Vanderbilt, an art graduate of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., has been the only woman member of the Cadillac design staff for nearly two years. Here woman’s design philosophy: simplicity of line and subdued color for the feeling of warmth and luxury. Sue sees future specialization in “his” and “her” cars as the two and three car family trend increases.

"Allow Women to Shine"

"Of all the useful and beautiful products designed by Stylists, the best known and most appreciated is the American automobile, which ranks second only to women's fashions in the attention given to changing and improving its appearance."