ISBN 9780593083604, 0593083601
Trade Paperback | 368 pages
A history and analysis of women’s cycling—beginning with its origins as a political statement and feminist act—that chronicles notable cyclists and groups around the world in hopes of inspiring more women to take up space on the road and elsewhere.
Both a history of women’s cycling and an impassioned manifesto, Revolutions challenges a male-dominated narrative that has long prevailed in cycling and writing about cycling. Author Hannah Ross highlights the story of extraordinary women cyclists and all-female cycling groups from around the world and demonstrates both the feminist power of the sport and its present-day gender issues.
Beginning in the late 1800s, Ross chronicles the rise of the bicycle and its significance in the feminist movement as “the gateway drug to a life of adventure”; the importance of the bicycle in the women’s suffragette movement, spotlighting the women who used bikes to spread word of the cause and were later deemed the Cycling Scouts; and the achievements of women in cycling in the modern era.
A cyclist herself, Ross shares the stories of active women’s cycling groups around the world and illustrates the impact that cycling can have in different communities. From a group of Latina activists in East L.A. called the Ovarian Psycos Bicycling Brigade, to the Bike Project, a charity that helps women refugees and asylum seeks learn to ride, the multitude of stories in Revolutions captures the power and significance that cycling has for women worldwide.