The Guardian: How cycling helped women on the road to rights

Recently, an old black-and-white photo appeared on my Twitter feed. It showed an effigy of a woman riding a bicycle being dangled out of a second-floor window while crowds of young men rallied in the street below. With it, Cambridge students were protesting the proposed admission of women to the university in 1897.

This week is National Bike Week – a chance to celebrate the humble bicycle. And among the many reasons to do so, perhaps the one most often overlooked is the key role it played in the women’s liberation movement; to the Cambridge protesters, a woman on a bicycle represented changing times.

…Read the full article here on the Guardian website.

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