“Bicycle Face” and the Suffrage Movement

Bicycle Face … because getting a healthy workout and enjoying some personal freedom is so painful, your face will change!

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Bicyclist wearing practical bloomers. (Still looks like she's wearing a corset though.) Bicyclist wearing practical bloomers. (Still looks like she’s wearing a corset though.)

Below is a link to an interesting article about how the Bicycle Craze of the 1890s became interwoven with the women’s suffrage movement.  While high-wheeled “penny farthing” bicycles were ridden mainly by men, the adoption of the safety bicycle in the late 1880s popularized bicycling by women.  Suddenly, the bicycle enabled women to leave the home, and get exercise in the outdoors. 

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