Bad Girls, Bikes, And The Women’s Liberation Movement

Bicycles: Making good women go bad since the 1800s

And more articles about women and bicycling.

Susan B. Anthony once said, “I think [bicycling] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” A woman on a bicycle, the equal rights champion observed, presents “the picture of free and untrammeled womanhood.”

Click the link to the blog at the bottom of this post to enjoy lots of articles about feminist philosophy, and amazing history about women and bikes. The posts provided material for the writer’s talk in Archaeology – History Lecture Series held on Monday, held on November 4 in Guelph, Ontario,  Canada. 


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Image description: Black and white vintage photo. Roadside shot. Sign reads “Cyclists are advised to dismount.” Two bikes leaning against the sign. Two cyclists are hugging and smooching in the grass.”
Bicycles – making good women go bad since the 1880s.Dr. Samantha Brennan, Dean of the College of Arts, University of Guelph

Bad Girls, Bikes, and the Women’s Liberation Movement

It’s often said that women rode to freedom on the bicycle. Providing women with both a way to get around independently in the world and freeing them from restrictive garments that made movement close to impossible, cycling was pivotal in the early feminist movement. Avid cyclist and feminist Samantha Brennan will explore the historical connection between women, bicycles, and feminism.

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