Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Women's lib arrived on bicycles

From CNN.com
By Christopher Connolly

Susan B. Anthony once said, "Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world." A woman on a bicycle, the equal rights champion observed, presents "the picture of free and untrammeled womanhood."

Susan and her fellow 19th-century women had been severely trammeled their entire lives. Forget the glass ceiling; women in those days were trapped under the glass floor. Battles like "equal pay for equal work" were decades away. The Victorian woman's cause was more along the lines of, "We'd like to leave the house, sometimes ... please ... if it isn't too much trouble."

Read the full article here.


Anonymous said...

That article was eye opening AT! I forget how things have changed and how far women have come. 7lbs of underwear!? ya right! Imagine if women from that time could see us women now. What would they think of us now? Foxtrot

Alison said...

No idea how you would move with that much in the way of undergarments on.

I only recently found out that you're not supposed to wear underwear under your bike shorts (anything that cuts down on laundry is okay by me!) so when cycling I think I'm at about 10 grams of underthings.