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Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)

What is now a childhood rite of passage — riding a bicycle — was once a revolutionary opportunity for women. Take a lively look at women's history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women's liberation! Through 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.

Author Sue Macy uses a witty tone and scrapbook-style layout of vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and more to create a unique look at the impact of women's bicycle riding. The book deftly covers early (and comical) objections, the bike's influence on fashion, and how the increasing number of female bike riders prompted social change. By the time you're done reading this book, you'll agree with Susan B. Anthony, who once said that the bicycle "has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world."

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"Veteran nonfiction writer, Macy seamlessly weaves together research, direct quotes (sourced in an appendix that includes a time line and resource list), and historical overviews that put the facts into context, while sidebars expand on related topics, from cycling songs to standout female cyclists, including trailblazers like Marie Curie." -- Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 14
Special Features Mighty Girl Top Picks
Author Sue Macy
ISBN 1426307616
Publication Date Jan 11, 2011
Publisher National Geographic Children's Books
Language English