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September 14, 2019
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN 55082
FREE to attend. Donations towards the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund are appreciated.
Two women with safety bikes
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Feminism, Freedom, & Fashion: How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women's Rights

Saturday, September 14, 2019

"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood." - Susan B. Anthony, February 2, 1896 More than any other invention, the bicycle was a catalyst for social change in general and women’s liberation in particular. Inspired by the current exhibition ‘Spokes & Folks: The Evolution of Bicycles and Trails in Washington County’ this 30-min illustrated talk by the exhibition’s curator and art historian Megan Arney Johnston will highlight the impact of bicycles on women’s rights, voting rights, and fashion.