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Bicycles Equal Freedom for Women


In the era before automobiles, bicycles were a means of affordable personal mobility. From the 1880s to the 1910s, Americans took to the wheels, sparking a nationwide bicycle craze. For riders — especially women — bicycles were also a means of independence. A featured program at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History shows visitors how the new freedoms afforded by cycling empowered women to challenge social norms. VOA's June Soh takes us to the museum.

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