In the late 19th Century a woman with a bicycle no longer had to depend on a man for transportation. More and more women came to regard the cycle as a ‘freedom machine’. However, it wasn’t the smoothest of rides. In 1895, members of the Unique Cycling Club of Chicago publicly disciplined two of its female member for disobeying the rules regarding dress code. The women paid the price for daring to cycle in skirts, as they were stripped down to their ‘bloomers’ in front of a crowd of 200 people by several ‘strong armed’ members of the club.
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