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Wheels of Change

Wheels of Change
By Sue Macy
National Geographic Society, 2011
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Take a lively look at women's history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women's liberation. Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, Wheels of Change transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives. Witty in tone and scrapbook-like in presentation, the book deftly covers early (and comical) objections, influence on fashion, and impact on social change inspired by the bicycle, which, according to Susan B. Anthony, "has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world."


This book has had oodles of recognition. I read it for a challenge. Usually, I'm not a non-fiction person. So, reading this - pretty interesting. I realized how I have totally taken bicycles for granted. I never thought about how they changed the world, let alone the lives of women. This book explained so much, and it was really well-done. I especially liked the timeline at the end of the book that looked like a tire! And I couldn't believe how HEAVY bikes used to be - like 50 to 100 pounds! I wonder how much mine weighs. 

Overall, this book made me want to take a bike ride.
And it made me grateful I live in a century where I don't have to wear corsets or 7 pounds of petticoats. The End.

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