Bobby L. Layton was among the many women who went to work for dealership service departments during World War II, replacing male employees who had joined the armed forces. Layton left her job as a gas station attendant to become a body shop technician at Newport News Automobile Exchange, a Chevrolet dealership that now does business as Priority Chevrolet Newport News, in Virginia. A supervisor said Layton displayed "exceptional aptitude in sheet metal repair work." After the war, returning veterans generally reclaimed their service jobs; more than 70 years later, women account for 1 percent of dealership service technicians, the National Automobile Dealers Association says.
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