Bicycling and the Women’s Movement Lecture
Join us as Autumn Shaner the Curatorial Assistant of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles teaches us about the importance of bicycles to the women's movement.
Bicycles had a major impact on society. One of the biggest
impacts the bicycle had was on the women’s movement. The
Victorian Era was characterized by strict gender roles that did
not allow for much of an overlap in the activities of men and
women. Each had their own spheres of influence, and they
rarely crossed. The bicycle broke down several barriers by
allowing women to leave the home and travel without a man.
This allowed them to participate in education, social, and
political organizations. The bicycle was a more accessible
means of transportation for lower- and middle-class women.
Susan B. Anthony noted; “the bicycle had done more to
emancipate women than anything else in the world.”
- Friday, August 16, 2019
- 2:00pm - 3:00pm
- Middletown Free Library
- Community Room
Monday - Thursday 10am - 8pm
Fridays 10am - 5pm
Saturdays 11am - 4pm
Sundays 1pm - 4pm