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Monday, July 25, 2016

Womens Motorcycle Month

July is a month that shows respect to Women who ride motorcycles. The month is being brought together by the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and Nationwide Insurance. 

Women riders have been increasing by 34 percent between 1998 and 2003 according to the Motorcycle Industry council. Women make up 30 percent of the students in the Basic rider course programs according to the motorcycle safety foundation. There are more than 4.3 million women motorcyclists on the road today. Every day there are new riders hitting the road. 

Women's motorcycle month celebrates the pioneers who broke down gender and racial barriers in the early days of motorcycling. The early women riders took a lot of criticism to earn the respect they have today. History includes early women riders like:

Sisters Adeline and Augusta Van Buren. The early women riders who in 1916 rode a pair of Indian motorcycles coast to coast. The first women to ride across continent. The goal of the sisters was to convince the military to allow women to help as dispatch riders delivering messages between units on the war front. The sisters were not able to sway the military but the sisters did break many stereotypes held about women in the early twentieth century.

Bessie Stringfield broke both racial and gender barriers and was known as the Motorcycle Queen of Miami She would complete eight solo cross country tours and also serve as a dispatch rider for the U.S. army in the 1930s and 1940s. Bessie was an african american who faced racially tense southern states during her many tours. 

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