[ Free eBook ] Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) (History (US)) Author Sue Macy – Andy-palmer.co.uk
Take A Lively Look At Women S History From Aboard A Bicycle, Which Granted Women The Freedom Of Mobility And Helped Empower Women S LiberationThrough 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 To Emancipate Women Than Anything Else In The World NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books In The Field Of Social Studies School Library Journal Best Books Of Finalist YALSA Excellence In Non Fiction For Young AdultsSLJ S Magnificent Children S Books Of Amelia Bloomer List This is a very interesting and informative book Who knew that the bicycle was so important for women s progress And the illustrations are FUN Would recommend to anyone and especially as a gift for young gals, who need to hear how strong women can be and have been.. This full color book is for all ages adults will enjoy it as much as will middle graders Every page contains photographs or diagrams or posters of some sort, and they all illustrate the history of women and the bicycle There s some absolutely wonderful sidebar information on types of bicycles, how they were propelled, where they were raced, who held the records, and so on The book is very well written and its argument convincing that the bicycle helped women achieve a certain degree of freedom, and that once that was achieved, there was no going back only forward My only complaint about this book is that it ends suddenly and abruptly as a reader I would have liked a kind of tapering off into the present day Or, if not that, some dates on the cover, such as 1850 1920 or such, so that I would be prepared for the story stopping. The bicycle played a most important part in liberating women beginning with the invention of the safety bicycle in the early 1890s This book is written for young people but it makes interesting reading for people of all ages The book is heavily illustrated and the pictures help tell the story I highly recommend this book for all people including people of all ages and both men and women. This is a wonderful book that everyone should read It tells the story of the evolution of the bicycle and how bicycles helped liberate women The illustrations are wonderful, too Why weren t we taught this in school This is an important part of women s history. Narrative nonfiction is one of my favorite genres to read I just love reading about real people, real times, and real places Sue Macy has written a fascinating account of how the introduction of the bicycle helped woman step out of the shadows were they had been kept for centuries most of them, certainly not all Like most technological advances, the bicycle had it supporters and its naysayers I found it really interesting to read about the development of the bicycle along with advertising and marketing strategies I found it ironic that cigarette companies placed images of woman riding bikes on in their boxes I guess they wanted their brand associated with something fun and healthy, just like beer companies today want their product associated with athletics as well It was fun to read about some of the ladies both celebrity and ordinary who used the bicycle and the freedom it represented to advocate for their cause s including the right to vote It was also somewhat amusing to read about all the good and bad things doctors had to say about bicycles and the medical conditions helped or hurt by riding a bicycle Sidebars included short newspaper article reprints that provided a glimpse into some of the attitudes of the day The one that really made me role my eyes was a list of don t for female riders which included things such as Don t wear a man s cap, don t criticize people s legs , Don t wear clothes that don t fit, etc Somehow I doubt there was a similar list for the men.The book is illustrated with posters, trade cards, postcards, and photographs of the period which helped me understand the text better The photo of a young lady in her corset, looking like she couldn t possibly breathe in it made me wince Macy has created a book that is both fascinating and entertaining One that I can heartily recommend to those readers who enjoy getting a glimpse into the ways that life has changed over the years Although a number of bicycle related inventions are still with us today, there are many that have gone away.