I'm glad the thread hasn't moved much in a while. When I'm browsing around I tend to go to the last page and this has hung around for a while, which pleases me. I find the picture very cute.
Fiona’s presentation revealed that the implications for women were particularly significant and reflected their changing status in society. This change was an unwelcome one to many; female cyclists were disparaged in the press, often heckled and sometimes even assaulted for "outstepping the limits of womanliness" (Australian Home Journal, 1895).
Some women kept a low profile by riding slowly and gracefully in long skirts on specially-designed drop-frame bicycles. Others, however, were trailblazers – historic photographs record them taking part in races, long tours, and embracing a new physical strength and independence. These women wore "rational dress," a practical but scandalous costume of bloomers and coat, and preferred men’s bicycles for their reliability and speed
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