Revolutions: How Women Changed the World on Two Wheels (Hardback)Hannah Ross (author)
From suffragettes to sportswomen, Ross's endlessly fascinating book highlights the forgotten females from cycling history and demonstrates how the simple act of riding a bike has been a driver for social and sexual change.
Simone de Beauvoir borrowed her lover's bike to cycle around Paris in the 1940s, instantly falling in love with the freedom it gave her (even when an accident caused her to lose a tooth). Alice Hawkins, a factory worker from Leicester, pedal-powered her fight for universal suffrage as the bicycle became a cornerstone of her work to recruit women to the cause. Zahra Naarin Hussano challenged religious and cultural taboos in Afghanistan to ride a bike and teach others to do the same. As a twenty-four-year-old Latvian immigrant living in Boston, in 1894 Annie 'Londonderry' Kopchovsky became the first woman to cycle around the world. She took up the challenge, despite never having ridden a bike before, after two men bet a woman couldn't do it.
Many of these women were told they couldn't or shouldn't cycle, but they did so anyway. Whether winning medals or spreading the word about votes for women, their stories are an inspiration. In this gloriously celebratory book, Hannah Ross introduces us to the women who are part of the rich and varied history of cycling, many of whom have been pushed to the margins or forgotten.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 453 g
Dimensions: 218 x 146 x 32 mm
'[a] likeable, informative and barnstorming book' - The Guardian
'Hannah Ross's fascinating history of women cycling their way to freedom is more a social history than a sporting one, full of inspirational tales of women getting on their bikes and transforming attitudes, gender structures and human rights ... Revolutions is a rich story of empowerment, adventure and the sheer exhilaration of riding a bicycle' - The Observer
'A heart-soaring tribute to the trailblazers who seized upon a chance to break convention and pedal their way to newfound freedom. The myriad stories are awe-inspiring ... Revolutions is a rallying cry' - The Herald
'Eye-opening and inspirational, Revolutions made me want to jump straight on my very own 'freedom machine' and go out for a ride. An utterly fascinating, and gloriously fiery read' - Felicity Cloake
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