The increasing popularity and widespread use of the bicycle in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries directly contributed to the movement for women’s rights in the following decades. The sense of independence cycling afforded to women, as well as the opportunities for unification in defense of a cause that arose in light of controversies over the pursuit, were important in forming the foundation for later events.
Fleming, Jenna E.
"The Bicycle Boom and Women's Rights,"
The Gettysburg Historical Journal:
Vol. 14, Article 3.
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