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Title

Women on Wheels: Gender Construction and Bicycling in the 1890s

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

Cycling for women--Public opinion; Sex role;

Abstract

I am researching the connection between changing perceptions of gender in the late 19th century and the great bicycle craze of the 1890s. The debate about whether or not it was proper for women to cycle reflects these changing ideas about womanhood. Cycling guides, magazine articles and medical journals reflect different opinions, some argue that cycling is a healthy activity for women, while others argue that it is highly improper, and damaging to woman's physical and moral well being.

Start Date

1-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

1-4-2015 4:00 PM

Faculty Advisor

Barbara Cutter

Department

Department of History

Embargo Date

3-15-2015

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Women on Wheels: Gender Construction and Bicycling in the 1890s

I am researching the connection between changing perceptions of gender in the late 19th century and the great bicycle craze of the 1890s. The debate about whether or not it was proper for women to cycle reflects these changing ideas about womanhood. Cycling guides, magazine articles and medical journals reflect different opinions, some argue that cycling is a healthy activity for women, while others argue that it is highly improper, and damaging to woman's physical and moral well being.