Saturday, April 30, 2011

These Are The Women Your Father's Father Warned About

Susan B. Anthony famously said "I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world" and Frances Willard structured her book on feminist activism around learning to ride a wheel. While others have shown how the bicycle threatened patriarchal control and gender norms. This picture, I think, tells the whole tale:

The women are about to ride off on their own leaving behind kid and dad in pursuit of their own ends and by their own means. They are moving forward and the men in their lives are standing still. In just a few short pedals they will be free. And now bicycles are inexpensive enough for all.

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