Today commemorates the adoption of the 19th amendment of the US Constitution – the amendment which gave women the right to vote in the United States.
The suffragette movement is an important part of our story at Cycles Gladiator. The name and the artwork on our labels was inspired by the French bicycle manufacturer, the Gladiator company.
In the late 19th century, Gladiator was one of the first companies to directly advertise bicycles for women. This was very progressive at the time, as bicycles were a mode of a transportation that enabled women to travel long distances independently.
Bicycles became a critical part of the suffragette movement, enabling women to meet and organize freely outside of their homes. Susan B Anthony once said that she thought the bicycle had “done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”
We’re proud to honor this history and to support women’s empowerment initiatives today. On this Women’s Equality Day, we encourage everyone to register to vote and to check out the League of Women Voters for their resources and fantastic work in supporting equal voting rights.