Women, Bicycles and History
Women on Wheels: The Bicycle and the Women’s Movement of the 1890s
The following is an excerpt posted with permission from Zheutlin, Peter. Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride. (Citadel Press, Nov. 2007).
"I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world," feminist pioneer Susan B. Anthony said in 1896. "It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can't get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood."
See annielondonderry.com for a story about a woman who cycled around the world in 1894. You can read the article published in Bicycling Magazine at http://www.theworld.org/pages/053105_excerpt.shtml#.
Solitude of Self
Address Delivered by Mrs. Stanton Before the
Mrs. Stanton's Address
Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the committee: We have been speaking before Committees of the Judiciary for the last twenty years, and we have gone over all the arguments in favor of a sixteenth amendment which are familiar to all you gentlemen; therefore, it will not be necessary that I should repeat them again.
Original from History of Woman Suffrage, Stanton et al.