Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom
REI (303 Lafayette St., Manhattan)
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In 2012, the bicycle is an ecological, economical, enjoyable way to get some exercise, get to work, and generally get where you need to go. In the 1890s, the bicycle was all that and more, especially for women. At a time when women were confined by constrictive clothing and restrictive social mores, the bicycle presented them with the chance to break free. They tossed aside their corsets and crinolines, waved goodbye to parental chaperones, and hit the road as they quite literally pedaled to freedom. Join Sue Macy, author of Wheels of Change, to learn more about how women rode the bicycle to greater fulfillment, fighting concerned doctors, self-appointed fashion experts, and prudish civic leaders along the way.