How bicycles boosted the women's rights movement
How bicycles boosted the women's rights movement
Susan B. Anthony said that the bicycle did “more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”
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The late 19th century inaugurated a period of bicycle mania in the U.S. In 1897 alone over 2 million bicycles were sold, one for about every 30 Americans. Early bicycles were unwieldy and required an enormous amount of strength to operate. But as the technology advanced and chain-powered “safety” bicycles came onto the scene, women flocked to bikes en masse as a new means of exercise and transportation. This new activity required a change in dress since the billowing skirts that were fashionable at the time were unwieldy and problematic. “Bloomers”, or baggy undergarments, were easier to cycle in and became common among women, inciting a political firestorm, enraging men who questioned the decency of women who were challenging norms and donning clothing they viewed as depraved. Bicycles not only gave women a new sense of independence, it also physically broadened their horizons, allowing them expanded mobility without needing to rely on men. These developments contributed to the fight for women’s equality and the passing of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, with Susan B. Anthony even going so far as to say that bicycles had “done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”
Also make sure to check out Sue Macy’s excellent book on the subject “Wheels of Change” http://www.suemacy.com/books/category/2
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Bicycleface… Love it!
Because women cant drive cars. 😂😂😂
The video didn’t directly address the question other than to quote Susan B. Anthony a couple times. How exactly was women’s suffrage helped by the adoption of practical fashion and a sexist culture backlash? I can fill in some blanks with the description about transportation freedom and independence, but that is more of a nice bedtime story than some meaningful historical analysis. Disappointed.
I thought at Edoardo Bianchi was the pioneer of the safety bike, they state that on Bianchi’s website.
Life is too short to ride boring bikes, get yourself a Bianchi Specialissima, Colnago C60 or Colgano CF10 (If you could still find one).
hm seems like these men have a very fragile ego
if more women rode bike’s the highways would be alot safer
This is such a fascinating video! We can’t lose sight of the fascinating methods and tools that helped women before us fight for their rights (we still have a long way to go, they could come in handy)
I love the Bicycle. It’s so eco friendly and easy and fun.
It may be quite sad in 2018-2019 that this is related to those feminists like for example the third wave femi—-uh wait is my current opinion too offensive and NPC?
Well. I’m not supposed to care about feminism, next thing the bicycle will save are the Transgenders
I wear pants. Great. Now I have depression.
So they would make women think they would get dark circles and become pale if they rode a bike?
Женским голосом это всё сказать нельзя было, разумеется.
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I saw a neat performance piece a few years ago called Spin that was about women’s liberation and bicycles. It was a one-woman show with musical accompaniment. I still get the Annie Londonderry song stuck in my head ("Annie Londonderry rode no ordinary"). Fun fact from that show: Londonderry was not her real last name but was the name of the soap company who sponsored her trip.
bicycle face? lol
I love how everyone in these pictures is generally upper class. What a bourgie movement indeed.
I’d like to see Hillary pump her fat ass on a bike up to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in 2020.
I am riding a skateboard from now on
I love bicycles.
Bring the penny-farthing back and hold jousting tournaments…
Vox is a kind of channel that demands women rights while defending Islam…
Bicycle face lmao
Elizabeth katie Stanton is related to my friend!
Can’t believe I’ve never heard the story about Annie Londonderry before. How cool is that?!
That swear caught me off
It’s sad that our past had such stupid reasons for keeping women under mans thumb… Looks more and more like Handmaid’s Tale to me.
Of course! Now she can get to the grocery store faster to make me a sandwich.
Now woman can cross an ocean with a bycicle. Neither can’t any man
I would be the happiest human alive if you guys put links to the music you use in your bio instead of just in the credits. It’s always so hard to find.
It was only for white women right?
HOLD A FLIPPING SECOND RIDING A BIKE? GIVE YOU DARK CIRCLES UNDER YOUR EYES? 1800s Wtf We women Are not Mutants -___-
2:30 "For some reason some men were not happy."
And presumably *some **_women_** were not happy* but that doesn’t fit the narrative, so we should disregard it?
I also don’t think they need such advanced technology to get around from the bedroom to the kitchen
There is only one gender women are objects xD
These "men" who are down voting this video; will be born as women next life where they will have no rights.
These were real Feminists.
Also! The suffragist movement in New Zealand (first country to allow women the right to vote) was partly mobilized due to bikes. Women who campaigned for suffrage were known as pedal pushers, and promoted the petitions for women’s rights by cycling around for signatures
Why the heck isn’t Katie Londonderry more well known?! That’s absolutely amazing!
To think the little things have such an impact on the individual and the society as a whole, yet we let our, so called, "democratic" governments control our every little part of life now!
Feminazis that pretend to be feminists and what gave us the picture of feminism: Female>>>>male
And then in 1920, women spearheaded prohibition. So was it really worth it?
Yeah everything is about america
"Bicycle face." Heh.
women’s garments shall not be bifurcated!
Just could not put this video together without saying a word that needed to be bleeped. Also, used the word ‘suck’ which of course refers to a sexual act.
Oh… Now I know why cops stop me while riding my bike. #toomuchboost
most man are stupid feeling upset bc woman wear pants 1800
we are stuck in the 1800
Men also were concerned that women would get sexual stimulation from Bicycle and become unsatisfatied with their husbands performance in the bedroom lmao
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