At first glance you might think the link between the common two-wheeled transport and women's fight for equality is a rather tenuous one... and we wouldn't blame you. However, the freedom and empowerment  provided by the bicycle as a means of independent transport is one that has been commented on and celebrated for over a century.

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling…I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride on a wheel. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.
— Susan B. Anthony, suffragette

We regard the bicycle as one of the best inventions known to man (or women, right?), So we thought it would be fitting to pay a small tribute to the much loved bicycle and it's history as a tool for social change.

In our support for International Women's Day, we picked out some photos that date back to the late 1800's when the suffragette movement was campaigning for women's right to vote.