How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle: Reflections of an Influential 19th-Century Woman

By Frances E. Willard

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This prominent American social reformist decided to take up bicycling at the age of 53. She saw mastering a bicycle as a way for young women to master her personal destiny. Includes a separate section, “Women and Cycling: The Early Years,” that recalls all sorts of interesting yet specious reasons why young ladies should not attempt to master the machine.

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