Women and the Bicycle
"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world." -Susan B. Anthony
The bicycle has been a strategic tool in the liberation of women. Providing freedom and release that women had not experienced in the past. For many women, the bicycle provided access to education, independence from the house and restricting attire. The bicycle was said to have no socioeconomic status restrictions and be available to all. In the 1890's it was said that the bicycle craze and the women's liberation movement went hand and hand. Of course, freedom did not come easily, women who rode bicycles were warned about the potential health risks and reminded of their duties within the home. The bike provided freedom of movement both physically and emotionally for women across America.
Tell us a story about your freedom machine or better yet, send us a picture of you on your bike! Start the conversation on our Facebook page.
Visit http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/05/20/women.bicycling/ or http://www.annielondonderry.com/womenWheels.html for more information.
AAUW Colorado e-Network Member Profile
Profession: Ph.D. Candidate (Northwestern University) and Visiting Lecturer (starting this January at Wellesley College)
How did you get involved with AAUW: I was recently awarded an AAUW American Fellowship to complete my dissertation.
Best advice for university women: Reach out as much as possible to your fellow university women.
Hobbies/volunteer work: Working with at-risk kids and teenagers, running, skiing, and hiking.
Favorite quote: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
A big warm welcome to the new AAUW Colorado eNetwork Secretary--thanks, Jackie, for stepping forward!
AAUW Colorado eNetwork Updates
Talk to us! Keep connected through Social Media and look for updates on upcoming programs--this month, we are featuring our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AAUWCOeNetwork
There, you can find ongoing discussions on our webinar topics, women in the news, and opportunities for STEM, leadership, and AAUW engagement. Like us to receive updates. Don't forget to share your 'freedom machine' story with us there!
AAUW National Updates
Next month, we will join the College/University Committee and AAUW C/U staff to focus on recruiting e-student affiliates. You can participate and make the October campaign a success when you check to see if your alma mater is a C/U partner member. If it is, send the college/university representatives at the school a quick note of thanks for their AAUW membership. If not, send a personal note to your contacts at your alma mater about why you feel an AAUW college/university partner membership is important.
AAUW Colorado will also be working with an organizer to focus on
recruiting campus and student members to add to our roster of 12 Colorado campuses who currently participate. Find AAUW college & university partners--who offer free student memberships!--and more information about AAUW's collaborations with higher education at
Did you know that women are more likely than men to attend community college on the way to earning a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field? AAUW’s new research report, Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success, explores the important role of community colleges for women in STEM. Want to help introduce women to STEM at your local community college? This year’s Campus Action Project grants focus on the report’s recommendations. Apply today and help empower women near you!
AAUW’s research on the wage gap is always available to you. Read The Simple Truth or Graduating to a Pay Gap for recommendations on what you can do.
Read more on the Gender Pay Gap by State and Congressional District.
Don't forget to check out the AAUW blog http://www.aauw.org/blog/