Bertha Benz (1849-1944) was characterized by pioneering spirit and commitment. Together with her sons, in 1888 she demonstrated for the first time that the automobile is suitable for overland travel. In commemoration of this achievement, the Foundation has established the Bertha Benz Lecture, in conjunction with a prize-giving ceremony, as an event format. Female scientists and experts from various disciplines and sectors speak on topics of relevance to society. The Bertha Benz Prize is then presented to a female engineer who has completed an outstanding doctorate.