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The Cycling CityBicycles and Urban America in the 1890s$
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Evan Friss

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226210919

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226211077.001.0001

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Riding for Reform

Riding for Reform

Wheelwomen

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(p.160) Chapter Eight Riding for Reform
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The Cycling City
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Evan Friss

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226211077.003.0008

This chapter highlights the particular challenges endured by, and the opportunities offered to, female cyclists. The degree to which cycling altered prevailing notions of urban space is explored as are the issues of femininity and women's fashion in relation to the bicycle. In particular, the concept of the “New Woman” on wheels is given special attention. Reformers who advocated for women to cycle as well as those (Charlotte Smith in particular) who crusaded against it are also examined.

Keywords:   women, fashion, new woman, femininity, Charlotte Smith

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